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myTax 2023 Australian Government special payments

How to complete your return when you received certain other payments from the Australian Government.

Last updated 31 May 2023

Things to know

Complete this section if you received other taxable allowances or payments you received from the Australian Government that you do not show at either:

  • Australian Government payments such as JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and Austudy
  • Australian Government payments such as pensions and carer payments.

Australian Government special payments include the following:

Don't show any Australian Government allowances or payments that are not taxable at this section, go to Tax-free government pensions or benefits. For more information, see Amounts that you do not pay tax on.

Completing this section

You will need your PAYG payment summary – individual non-business, or a letter from the agency that paid your allowance or payment stating the amount you received. If you don't have this information, contact the agency that paid you.

You may have received a Pandemic leave disaster paymentExternal Link, Disaster Recovery Allowance Top-up or High-risk settings pandemic paymentExternal Link. These payments are taxable. You need to manually enter these payments.

We pre-fill your tax return with certain Australian Government special payment information provided to us. Check them and add any Australian Government special payments you received that are not pre-filled.

To personalise your return to show Australian Government special payments, at Personalise return select:

  • You received salary, wages or other income on an income statement/payment summary, Australian Government payments, or First home super saver (FHSS) scheme payment
  • Australian Government payments such as JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy, pensions etc.

To show your Australian Government special payments, at Prepare return select 'Add/Edit' at the Income statements and payment summaries banner.

At the Australian Government special payments banner:

  1. If you received any of the following, select Add and enter information into the corresponding fields:      
    1. Pandemic leave disaster payment
    2. Disaster Recovery Allowance Top-up
    3. High-risk settings pandemic payment
    4. each Australian Government special payment that has not been pre-filled in your tax return.
  2. Select Save.
  3. Select Save and continue when you have completed the Income statements and payment summaries section.