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  • myTax 2018 Credit for interest on tax paid

    You can claim for interest on an early payments made to the ATO more than 14 days before the due date during 2017–18 income year, for the following:

    • income tax (including Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge) shown on your notice of assessment
    • compulsory Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) repayment amount shown on your notice of assessment
    • compulsory Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) debt repayment shown on your notice of assessment
    • compulsory Trade Support Loan (TSL) debt repayment shown on your notice of assessment
    • compulsory Student Start-up Loan (SSL) repayment shown on your notice of assessment
    • compulsory ABSTUDY Student Start-up Loan (ABSTUDY SSL) repayment shown on your notice of assessment
    • interest on distributions from non-resident trust estates
    • shortfall interest charge
    • income tax penalty for the 1999–2000 and earlier income years
    • general interest charge for lodging a late income tax return for income years up to and including 1999–2000
    • general interest charge on an increase in the tax payable resulting from an amended assessment for income years up to and including 1999–2000.

    If you have already requested the direct payment of interest on your early payment, do not claim it in your tax return.

    The following are not early payments:

    • pay as you go (PAYG) withholding amounts including  
      • amounts withheld from interest, dividends and royalties
      • amounts withheld by payers, including those withheld for HELP, SFSS or TSL, SSL or ABSTUDY SSL.
       
    • PAYG instalments.

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    If you received interest from us, you must show it as income on your tax return for the year in which we paid or credited that interest to you.

    The period for which you can claim interest starts on the later of:

    • the date you made your payment
    • the date of issue of our notice informing you of the amount of tax, debt, interest or instalment.

    That period ends on the earlier of:

    • the due date for payment
    • the date when we refunded your early payment, if we refunded it.

    For example, a notice of assessment issued to you on 19 September 2017 showed an amount of tax payable. If the amount was due on 21 November 2017 but you paid early, on 1 November 2017, the interest period would be 21 days: 1 November to 21 November.

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    This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.

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    You will need:

    • notification from the ATO showing the date of the notice, the amount owing and the due date
    • details of your date of payment, shown on your bank statement or receipt from the post office or the ATO. Allow three extra days if you posted your payment.
    • Calculate your interest amount.
      To calculate your interest amount you can use our calculatorThis link opens in a new window or worksheet.
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      Last modified: 28 Jun 2018QC 55631