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  • Before you lodge

    Check if you need to lodge

    You may not need to lodge a tax return for 2019–20, for example, if you were not working that year or did not have any tax withheld.

    In this case, you can submit a ‘non-lodgment advice’ form.

    If you are not sure whether you need to lodge a tax return, or if you have overdue tax returns showing in myGov, use the 'Do I need to lodge?' tool to help you work it out.

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    Set up a myGov account

    If you are lodging your own tax return online and you don't already have a myGov account, you will need to set one up. A myGov account lets you link to a range of Australian Government services, including the ATO, with one username and password.

    Keep your login details safe and don’t share them with anyone, including family members or your tax agent. Avoid using your myGov account over public wi-fi. These unsecured networks make it easier for cybercriminals to intercept your information.

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    Link to the ATO through myGov

    You need to link your myGov account to the ATO before you can lodge your tax return through myTax. To link your account, you will need to confirm your identity by answering two questions specific to you, using information from two of the following:

    • a notice of assessment from the last five years
    • a PAYG payment summary from the last two years
    • a superannuation account statement from the last five years
    • a dividends statement from the last two years
    • a Centrelink payment summary from the last two years
    • your bank account details.

    If you don’t have this information, you will need to call us to get a linking code. When you call, you'll need to provide additional information to identify your ATO record, including given name, family name, tax file number and date of birth.

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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: 03:57)

    Talk to your registered agent

    You can also lodge your tax return through a registered tax agent. Tax agents must be registered with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB). You can find a registered tax agent or check whether a person is registered by visiting the TPB website.

    If you use a registered tax agent to prepare and lodge your tax return, you may be able to lodge later than 2 November. Contact a tax agent before the deadline to arrange this.

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      Last modified: 15 Oct 2020QC 62802