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  • Do you need to lodge a tax return?

    You can use our calculator to work out if you need to lodge a tax return.

    You do not need to lodge an Australian tax return if:

    • you are a foreign resident and your only Australian-sourced income was interest, dividends or royalties from which non-resident withholding tax has been correctly withheld
    • you are a working holiday maker (417 or 462 visa holder) and your taxable income for the year is less than $37,001.

    Aside from these exceptions, you must lodge a tax return if any of the following apply:

    • Tax was deducted from any payments (such as wages) made to you during the financial year.
    • You are an Australian resident and your taxable income was more than the tax-free threshold.
    • You are a foreign resident and you earned more than $1 in Australia during the financial year.
    • You are leaving Australia permanently or for more than one financial year.

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    Last modified: 22 May 2018QC 33242