• Lodging your tax return early

    If you are leaving Australia before the end of the income year (30 June), you may be able to lodge your tax return early.

    Eligibility to lodge an early tax return

    We only accept early lodgment of tax returns for individuals before the end of the income year if you are either:

    • a foreign resident for tax purposes and you        
      • are leaving Australia permanently
      • will no longer derive Australian-sourced income (other than interest, dividend and royalty income)
       

    or

    • an Australian resident for tax purposes and you        
      • are leaving Australia
      • are ceasing to be an Australian resident for tax purposes
      • will no longer derive Australian-sourced income (other than interest, dividend and royalty income).
       

    Lodge your tax return during the normal lodgment period (1 July to 31 October) if you:

    • are not leaving Australia permanently
    • will receive Australian-sourced income (other than interest, dividends and royalties) after leaving Australia
    • have a Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) or Trade Support Loan (TSL) debt.

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    How to lodge an early tax return

    If you meet the eligibility requirements outlined above, you will need to:

    • Refer to the current Individual tax return instructions.
    • Collect a payment summary from each of your employers plus details of other income you have earned while in Australia. Payslips are not sufficient as they may not contain final payment details.
    • Contact us to discuss general requirements such as the payment of any outstanding debts and lodgment of tax returns for earlier years (you will need to have your tax file number and other identifying information such as your previous year's notice of assessment to establish proof of identity).
    • Consider any recent legislative changes that may impact on your circumstances when preparing your early tax return.

      If you were a working holiday maker (on a 417 or 462 visa) and are lodging your 2017 tax return before 1 July 2017 you need to provide additional information.

      To make sure we tax you correctly attach a note showing
      • income earned from 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2016
      • working holiday maker income earned from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2017
      • any deductions associated with the income periods.
       

    Do not submit two separate tax returns for 2017.

    • Get a Tax return for individuals. Complete your tax return, and mark the relevant year in bold on the front of the tax return (for example, if you are using Individual tax return instructions 2016 to complete your return for the 2016–17 income year, cross out the 2016 and mark the tax return 2017).
    • Post your completed tax return to
      Australian Taxation Office
      GPO Box 9845
      IN YOUR CAPITAL CITY

    Do not substitute your actual city, as we have a special arrangement with Australia Post.

    Our service standard for processing early lodgments is 50 business days.

    Your assessment will be sent to the postal address you write on your tax return.

    If you are suffering from financial hardship, you may qualify for priority processing.

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    Last modified: 18 Apr 2017QC 33230