Lodging your first tax return
If this is your first year lodging a tax return, follow these tips to make tax time simple.
If you need help with English, you can phone the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50.
Do you need to lodge a tax return?
If you had tax taken from any income you received during the financial year, you need to lodge a tax return unless you fall within certain exceptions.
If you’re unsure whether you need to lodge, use our Do I need to lodge a tax return tool below to find out.
How to lodge your tax return
The easiest and fastest way to lodge your tax return is online using myTax.
To lodge online you'll need a myGov account linked to the ATO.
As a first time lodger, there are a few steps you need to follow:
Step 1: Have your tax file number (TFN) handy and one of the following identity documents: your birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate.
Step 2: Create a myGov account.
Step 3: Call us on 13 28 61 and press 5 at the prompt to get your unique linking code to verify your account. Each unique code will expire after 24 hours.
Step 4: Sign in to myGov, go to the Services page and link to the ATO. Select I have a linking code and follow the instructions as prompted.
Watch the video below on how to create a myGov account and link to the ATO.
Step 5: You’re now ready to use ATO online services and start your tax return using myTax.
Create a myGov account now
Already have a myGov account but forgotten your username and/or password?
When are tax returns due?
If you are preparing and lodging your own tax return, you have from 1 July to 31 October to lodge. If you lodge online in August or September, most of your information will already be pre-filled in your tax return. You'll be less likely to leave something out.
We offer a free service called Tax Help that can help you prepare and lodge your tax return.
If you’re lodging your tax return for the first time, you’ll need to contact us to verify your identity and set up a myGov account to lodge your return online.