Do you need to lodge a tax return?

Most people need to lodge a tax return each year. If you’re unsure whether you need to lodge, use our Do I need to lodge a tax return tool below to find out.

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If you need to lodge

If you need to lodge a tax return, myTax is the quick, easy, safe and secure way to lodge online. You can generally receive your refund within 2 weeks.

Start your tax return with myTax

Note: myTax is accessed through myGov. By clicking this link you will be taken away from ato.gov.au. Once logged in, follow these menu options: Tax> Income tax> Lodge return> Lodge

You'll need a myGov account linked to the ATO to use our online services.

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If you don’t need to lodge

If you've previously lodged a tax return, but no longer need to lodge one, let us know so we don’t send you reminders. You can tell us by:

Applying for a refund of franking credits

If you have franking credits but you don't need to lodge a tax return, you may be able to claim a full refund.

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Deceased estates

If you're managing the estate of someone who died during the financial year, you need to work out if they would have needed to lodge a tax return, and lodge on their behalf.

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Last modified: 09 Aug 2016QC 32119