• What is TaxPack?

    TaxPack is a print publication designed to help you to complete your individual income tax return. TaxPack is divided into two parts:

    • TaxPack 2006 with the 2006 tax return for individuals
    • TaxPack 2006 supplement with the 2006 tax return for individuals (supplementary section).

    If you are an Australian resident and a retiree, you may be eligible to use Retirees TaxPack 2006.

    Your options on completing and lodging your tax return read Guide to lodging your tax return.

    Do I need the TaxPack 2006 supplement?

    Can I use the Retirees TaxPack 2006?

    TaxPack 2006 information

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    This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.

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    While TaxPack is designed to help individuals complete their income tax returns, many people also use it as a basic reference to the Australian tax system. The information in TaxPack has been rewritten into a series of web pages and published across this site.

    You can search or browse the site to find general information about:

    • income you must declare
    • deductions and tax offsets you are entitled to claim, and
    • tax rates and calculations.

    If you would prefer to download TaxPack 2006 in Portable Document Format (PDF), refer to the list of download files.

    Do I need the TaxPack 2006 supplement?

    The majority of taxpayers can lodge their returns using TaxPack 2006 alone. You will also require the TaxPack 2006 supplement if you have:

    • income or a loss from  
      • a partnership or trust
      • personal services income
      • a business
      • a deferred non-commercial business loss
      • a net farm management deposit or withdrawal
      • a capital gain
      • a foreign entity
      • rent
      • a bonus from a life insurance company or friendly society
      • foreign sources, or foreign assets or property
      • certain other income, such as scholarships, royalties and benefits from an employee share scheme
       
    • deductions for  
      • project pool
      • investment in the Australian film industry
      • undeducted purchase price of a foreign pension or annuity
      • non-employer sponsored superannuation contributions
      • certain other deductions, such as election expenses, sickness and accident insurance premiums, and foreign exchange losses
       
    • tax offsets for  
      • superannuation contributions on behalf of your spouse
      • zone or overseas forces
      • net medical expenses over a specified limit
      • parent, spouse's parent or invalid relative
      • landcare and water facility
      • people in the simplified tax system (STS) or people who received a distribution from a partnership or trust that was in the STS
      • heritage conservation work
      • interest from the land transport facilities tax offset scheme or infrastructure borrowings scheme
      • work or services performed in the Joint Petroleum Development Area of the Timor Sea
       
    • credit for early payments or overpayments of tax
    • adjustments for amounts on which family trust distribution tax has been paid.

    Note: If you are using TaxPack 2006 supplement, you must also use TaxPack 2006 to complete all of your tax return.

    Can I use Retirees TaxPack 2006?

    You are eligible to use Retirees TaxPack 2006 to fill in your tax return if:

    • you were an Australian resident for tax purposes from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006, and
    • you had no dependants other than a spouse during the period 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006, and
    • all of your tax affairs are covered by the questions in Retirees TaxPack 2006 as listed below  
      • income  
        • Commonwealth of Australia government pensions and allowances
        • dividends - not including distributions made by a corporate limited partnership and deemed dividends from a private company
        • foreign source pension or annuity income
        • gross interest
        • other Australian pensions or annuities - including superannuation pensions
        • salary, wages, allowances, earnings etc
        • total reportable fringe benefits amounts
        • capital gains - not including distributions of capital gains by a trust or managed investment fund
         
      • deductions  
        • cost of managing tax affairs
        • deductible amount of undeducted purchase price of an Australian pension or annuity
        • deductible amount of undeducted purchase price of a foreign pension or annuity
        • subscriptions
        • gifts or donations
        • interest and dividend deductions
         
      • tax offsets  
        • senior Australians
        • pensioner
        • spouse - married or de facto
        • superannuation annuity and pension
        • private health insurance
        • net medical expenses over a specified limit
         
      • private health insurance policy details
      • Medicare levy related items
       

    If you plan to claim the family tax benefit (FTB) through the tax system, you cannot use Retirees TaxPack; you will need to get TaxPack 2006.

    Note:

    FTB can be claimed with short tax return too - but only lodged using paper and not phone. 

    What if I can't read standard print?

    Vision Australia produces free tapes and compact disks of TaxPack  2006, TaxPack 2006 supplement, and Retirees TaxPack 2006 for people with a vision impairment.

    To obtain a copy, phone Freecall 1800 644 885. Your tax questions cannot be answered on this number.

    Last modified: 07 Nov 2014QC 27740