• Claiming the ETR in your tax return

    If you have determined you are eligible to claim and you have to lodge a tax return, you can claim your ETR at question T6 - Education tax refund in your Tax return for individuals 2010–11.

    Before you claim the ETR, you must first have lodged a claim for FTB Part A for the child with the Family Assistance Office (FAO) and had that claim approved. This includes approved claims where you elected to receive a zero fortnightly rate.

    If you have lodged an end-of-year claim for FTB Part A, the FAO can only approve it after you lodge your tax return. In this case, when you are preparing your tax return you are not yet approved to receive FTB Part A, so you cannot claim the ETR in your tax return. If your claim for FTB Part A is approved by the FAO then you will need to ask for an amendment to your tax return to include a claim for the ETR.

    If the FAO approves your claim for FTB Part A and at the time you lodged your tax return you were entitled to claim the ETR, but the FAO later, as part of its reconciliation process, determines that you were not entitled to FTB Part A you will need to ask for an amendment to your tax return to remove the claim for the ETR. If you do not seek an amendment and we later identify that you were not entitled to the ETR, we will adjust your tax return to remove your claim.

      Last modified: 22 Jun 2016QC 21454