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Tax return for individuals 2021

Use this form to lodge your paper individuals tax return by mail. Most returns are processed within 50 days.

Last updated 1 November 2023

How to get a copy of the form

To get a copy of the form you can either download it or order one by post.


You can download the 2021 Tax return for individualsThis link will download a file (PDF 685KB, NAT 2541), print and complete the paper tax return.


Use our Order ATO publication information to have a copy of the form sent to you in the post.

Help completing the form

Use the Individual tax return instructions 2021 to help you complete your tax return.

You may also need a copy of the supplementary tax return. Check, Will you need the Individual tax return instructions supplement 2021?

Other ways to lodge a tax return

To get your refund faster; lodge your tax return online with myTax. Tax returns lodged online generally process within two weeks.

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