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  • Making tax time quick and easy for millions more Australians

    Millions more Australians will be able to lodge their tax return this year using myTax, the ATO’s online lodgment product.

    Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte said this year myTax had been expanded to people with slightly more complex tax affairs, who can expect a quicker and easier lodgment experience.

    “The feedback we received last year was that people found myTax a much less complex and time-consuming experience, with some completing their return in as little as ten minutes,” Mr Whyte said.

    Available through myGov on smartphones, tablets and computers, myTax only asks questions relevant to the person lodging and automatically includes information provided by employers, banks and government.

    This year, people with income, tax offsets or deductions from superannuation pensions, lump sum payments, managed investment funds and foreign pensions will also be able to lodge using myTax.

    In 2014 myTax was used by over one million Australians with straightforward tax affairs.

    “People using myTax can also be confident that if they make an honest mistake, they will not be penalised,” Mr Whyte said.

    “Our research tells us one of the biggest barriers for people doing their own tax return is the fear of making a mistake.”

    “If you do accidentally get something wrong and it turns out you owe the ATO money, naturally you will have to pay the tax you owe. However the ATO will not penalise you for the mistake.”

    “On the flipside, if you make a mistake and it turns out you are owed money, we will pay it along with any interest you are entitled to.”

    Changes in 2015

    After you lodge your tax return, you can also use our expanded range of online services to:

    • Track your tax return.
    • Find and manage super.
    • View your higher education loan account balances.
    • Amend previously lodged tax returns.

     Other changes include:

    • For the first time this year, people who lodge electronically will receive their notice of assessment and tax receipt straight to their myGov inbox.
    • If you don’t need to lodge a tax return this year, you can submit a new online non-lodgment advice form, or an online refund of franking credits form.
    • The mature-aged worker tax offset has been removed, which means it cannot be claimed on a 2015 tax return.
    • Only people who received the net medical expenses tax offset in their 2013-14 tax return are eligible to claim the offset this year. However, people with out-of-pocket medical expenses related to disability aids, attendant care or aged care are still able to claim them.
    • The ATO App will soon have a new deductions feature, where you can capture your work-related receipts, to help you with your record-keeping for tax time 2016 and pre-populate into your tax return next year.
    Last modified: 15 Jun 2015QC 45301