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  • How to lodge your tax return

    You can lodge online using myTax, through a registered tax agent or complete a paper tax return. You tax return covers the income year from 1 July to 30 June. If you need to complete a tax return you must lodge it or engage with a tax agent, by 31 October.

    When you lodge a tax return you include how much money you earn (income) and any expenses you can claim as a deduction.

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    Lodgment options

    If you need to lodge a tax return, there are several options you can choose from depending on your circumstances.

    Check the progress of your tax return using our self-serve options, after you lodge your tax return.

    If you need help lodging your tax return, see Help and support to lodge your tax return.

    Information you need to lodge

    Before you lodge, find out What's new for individuals this tax time.

    To lodge your tax return, we recommend you have available all of the following information available. You will need your:

    • bank account details (BSB and account number)
    • income statement or payment summaries from all of your employers
    • payment summaries from Centrelink (Services Australia)
    • receipts or statements for the expenses you are claiming as deductions
    • your spouse's income (if you have one)
    • private health insurance information (if you have cover).

    If you lodge your tax return online using myTax, we will pre-fill most of this information for you. To lodge online you will need to link your myGov account to the ATO.

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    Due dates for your tax return

    If you’re lodging your own tax return, you need to lodge it by 31 October each year.

    If 31 October falls on a weekend, the due date to lodge your tax return is the next business day after 31 October.

    If you choose to use the services of a registered tax agent, they will generally have special lodgment schedules and can lodge returns for clients later than 31 October. If you are using a registered tax agent, you need to engage them before 31 October.

    If you're having difficulties meeting your tax obligations or are unable to lodge by 31 October, contact us as soon as possible.

    If you lodge your own tax return and it results in a tax bill, payment is due by 21 November even if you lodge:

    • between 1 July and 31 October
    • after the 31 October.

    If you miss the due date

    Even if you the miss the due date, it is important to lodge as soon as you can.

    If you expect a tax bill, don't delay lodging. The due date for payment when you lodge your own tax return is 21 November even if you lodge late. Interest will apply to any amount you owe after 21 November.

    If you're finding it hard to pay on time, you can request a payment plan:

    • online for debts $100,000 or less – you will need a myGov account linked to the ATO
    • by automated phone service for debts of $100,000 or less
    • by phone, contact us for debts over $100,000 so we can work with you to tailor a payment plan to your circumstances.

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    Last modified: 21 Apr 2021QC 65333