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  • Pre-filling your online tax return

    When you lodge online with myTax, we pre-fill your tax return with information we already have.

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    How we get information for pre-fill

    Pre-filling can make doing your tax return easier and more accurate. You can also upload your records from the myDeductions tool into your tax return. Pre-fill information comes from:

    • employers
    • organisations such as health funds, government agencies and banks
    • records you upload to myDeductions tool in the ATO app
    • our record of your previous tax returns and current tax account status.

    From 1 July 2022, bank interest data that we have high confidence in will now require you to add an adjustment reason before you can make changes in myTax.

    How much information we can pre-fill depends on when we receive the information from those organisations and when you lodge your return.

    Pre-fill information is usually available within a couple of days of it being reported to us.

    Most information is sent to us by late July but many organisations send us their information much earlier.

    You can use the pre-fill availability page to check if we've received information from the organisations from that you receive income.

    You can also start your myTax returnThis link opens in a new window to see what pre-fill information is ready.

    myDeductions

    In the ATO app myDeductions is a record-keeping tool that makes it easier for you to keep track of your records digitally.

    Watch: A quick demonstration of myDeductions

    This video shows how easy it is to keep your records using myDeductions.

    Media: A quick demonstration of myDeductions
    http://tv.ato.gov.au/ato-tv/media?v=bd1bdiubgosm84External Link (Duration: 01:22)

    Sole traders with simple affairs can also use it to help keep track of their business income and expenses.

    You can upload your completed records directly to myTax from the myDeductions tool in the ATO app. If you use a registered tax agent, you also can email your records directly to them.

    The myDeductions tool allows you to keep your records digitally in one place during the income year for:

    • all work-related expenses (including motor vehicle trips)
    • interest and dividend deductions
    • gifts or donations
    • costs of managing tax affairs
    • sole trader expenses and business income
    • other deductions.

    Before you finalise your return

    Always check your pre-fill information against your own records. You should correct the pre-filled information if you have more up-to-date information.

    If you believe the pre-fill information is wrong, contact the organisation that provided the information to resolve any differences before lodging your return.

    For example, if we pre-fill $24 interest from your bank but your own records show you only received $12, query this with your bank – it's possible they recorded your account in one name, when it's actually a joint account.

    If there is an error in the organisation's records, they must send us the correct information.

    If we identify data that doesn't match, we will seek clarification from you.

    If you need the full account details to query a pre-fill amount with an organisation, you can contact us.

    Last modified: 16 Jun 2022QC 32084