• Lodging your tax return

    Tax returns cover the financial year from 1 July to 30 June, and if you’re lodging your own they are due by the 31 October deadline.

    If you missed the deadline

    Even though 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 are finding it hard to pay on time, it is important you contact us early. We will work with you to tailor a payment plan to your circumstances.

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    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 replaces e-tax and can do everything e-tax could do, plus extra things it couldn't. From 2016, myTax is available to all individuals completing their own return (including sole traders).

    Start your tax return with myTax

    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 > Income tax > Lodge return > Lodge.

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    Deadlines

    Lodge your tax return by the 31 October deadline to avoid penalties.

    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.

    Last modified: 08 Nov 2016QC 32089