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  • Interest and penalties

    Australia’s revenue system relies on taxpayers providing correct information to establish their tax liability and paying the correct amount of tax on time.

    We apply interest on late payments, unpaid tax debts, and outstanding amounts. Penalties apply when a tax obligation is not met. If you pay early, overpay or there is a delay in a refund we owe you, we also pay interest.

    In this section

    Interest we pay
    How we apply and pay interest on early payments, overpayments and delayed refund amounts

    Interest we charge
    How we apply interest to unpaid tax liabilities and shortfall amounts on assessments you or we amend

    Find out about the penalties we impose for failure to meet a tax obligation or false and misleading statements

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    Last modified: 23 Feb 2022QC 33412