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  • Lodging your tax return

    Tax returns cover the financial year from 1 July to 30 June. If you’re lodging your own tax return it is due by 31 October.

    Lodging with myTax

    MyTax is the quick, easy, safe and secure way to lodge your tax return online. It's web-based, so you don't need to download anything. You can lodge on a range of devices – computer, smartphone or tablet – just make sure to lodge by the 31 October deadline.

    To lodge online you need a myGov account linked to the ATO. MyTax is available to all individuals completing their own return (including sole traders).

    Note: myTax is accessed through myGov. Clicking this link will take you away from ato.gov.au. Once logged in, follow these menu options: Tax > Lodgments > Income tax

    Start your tax return with myTax

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    Watch:

    This video shows how to create a myGov account and link to the ATO

    Media: [How to create a myGov account and link to the ATO]
    http://tv.ato.gov.au/ato-tv/media?v=bd1bdiubfo8e4mExternal Link (Duration: 03:56)

    Deadlines

    You need to lodge your tax return by the 31 October.

    If you are completing your own tax return and are unable to lodge by 31 October, contact us as soon as possible.

    Most registered agents have special lodgment schedules and can lodge returns for clients later than the 31 October deadline. If you are using a registered agent, ensure you contact them before 31 October.

    Note: If you're having difficulties meeting your tax obligations, contact us as soon as possible.

    If you missed the deadline

    Even if the deadline has passed, it is important to lodge as soon as you can.

    If you expect a tax bill, don't delay lodging. If you're finding it hard to pay on time, it's important to contact us early so we can work with you to make a payment plan tailored to your circumstances.

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    Last modified: 29 Jun 2018QC 32089