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  • Lodge a paper tax return

    You can use the paper tax return to lodge your paper tax return by mail. Most refunds are issued within 50 business days of lodgment.

    To get your refund faster – generally within two weeks – why not join over 4.8 million Australians and lodge your tax return online with myTax this year?

    You can access myTax through your myGov account when you link to the ATO. If you don’t have a myGov account, you will need to set one up first.

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    How to lodge a paper tax return

    To lodge a paper tax return you will need:

    Alternatively, you can order a pack that includes the instructions and two copies of the tax return form. You can order these through our publication ordering service either:

    • online
    • by phoning 1300 720 092.

    Supplementary section

    You will also need to lodge the supplementary tax return if you have:

    • distributions from a partnership or trust
    • capital gains
    • foreign source income
    • rental income.

    The instructions for the Individual supplementary tax return is only available online.

    Order the supplementary section return form online through our publication ordering service. Search 'Tax return for individuals (supplementary section)'.

    Business and professional items schedule

    You will also need to lodge the Business and professional items schedule if you have:

    • personal services income (PSI)
    • a net income or loss from a business
    • deferred non-commercial business losses.

    The Business and professional items instructions are only available online.

    To request a copy of the Business and professional items schedule, Contact us.

    Where to send your tax return

    Send your completed tax return to:

    Australian Taxation Office
    GPO Box 9845
    [insert the name and postcode of your capital city]

    For example:

    Australian Taxation Office
    GPO Box 9845
    SYDNEY NSW 2001

    Sending your tax return from outside Australia

    If you are sending your paper tax return from overseas, change the address on the pre-addressed envelope by crossing out 'IN YOUR CAPITAL CITY' and replacing it with:

    SYDNEY NSW 2001, AUSTRALIA

    It will help us if you also cross out the barcode above the address.

    If you are using your own envelope, mail it to:

    Australian Taxation Office
    GPO Box 9845
    SYDNEY NSW 2001, AUSTRALIA

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    Last modified: 24 May 2021QC 32121