Lodge a paper tax return

You can use the paper Tax return for individuals and the Individual tax return instructions to lodge your paper tax return by mail. Most refunds are issued within 50 business days of lodgment.

To get your refund faster – generally within 2 weeks – why not lodge your tax return online with myTax this year?

How to lodge a paper tax return

To lodge a paper tax return you will need:

You can order a pack which includes the instructions and two copies of the tax return form:

You will also need to lodge the Tax return for individuals (supplementary section) if you have:

  • distributions from a partnership or trust
  • capital gains
  • foreign source income
  • rental income.

The Individual tax return instructions (supplement) is only available online. You can order the supplementary section return form at the same time as you order your tax return form.

You cannot lodge a paper tax return if you have:

  • personal services income
  • a net income or loss from a business
  • deferred non-commercial business losses.

You need to lodge your tax return using myTax or a registered tax agent.

Where to send your tax return

Send your completed tax return to:

Australian Taxation Office
GPO Box 9845

Note: do not replace the words IN YOUR CAPITAL CITY with your capital city and postcode.

If you are sending your paper tax return from overseas, change the address on the pre-addressed envelope by crossing out 'IN YOUR CAPITAL CITY' and replacing it with:


It will help us if you also cross out the barcode above the address.

If you are using your own envelope, mail it to:

Australian Taxation Office
GPO Box 9845

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How to lodge online with myTax

For your 2016 return, myTax is available for all individuals who want to do their own tax return, including sole traders. MyTax is quick, easy, safe and secure and can be accessed on most devices such as tablets, smartphones or computers.



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Last modified: 17 Oct 2016QC 32121