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Checklist - tax return 2017

Complete the tax return checklist to avoid any delays when you lodge your paper tax return.

Last updated 12 February 2019

To avoid any delay in the processing of your tax return, use the pre-addressed envelope provided with the tax return instructions, or use the following address:

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

For example;

Australian Taxation Office
GPO Box 9845

Check that you have…

  • written your tax file number
  • filled in all your personal details, including your date of birth, correctly
  • completed the appropriate details for electronic funds transfer to have your refund paid directly into a financial institution account
  • filled in the code boxes, if you were asked to do so, at items 1, 3, 4, 8, TOTAL INCOME OR LOSS, D1, D3, D4, TAXABLE INCOME OR LOSS, T1, M1, Private health insurance policy details, A1 and A3
  • completed item M2 which is compulsory for all taxpayers
  • completed income tests items IT1 to IT8
  • written totals at
  • completed Spouse details – married or de facto if required
  • completed your spouse's details and provided your signature on your tax return if you have consented to offset part or all of your tax refund against your spouse's Family Assistance Office debt
  • completed item A1 if you were under 18 years old on 30 June 2017; this is compulsory and if not completed, you may be taxed at a higher rate than necessary
  • completed item A4 if you were in Australia on either a 417 or 462 visa that allowed you to work and holiday; this is compulsory and if not completed you may be taxed at a higher rate than necessary
  • read, completed, signed and dated the Taxpayer's declaration on your tax return; failure to do so will result in it being returned to you and penalties for late lodgment may be applied
  • attached copies of all documents or schedules which the tax return instructions tells you to attach
  • kept copies of your tax return, all attachments and relevant papers for your own records.

When can you expect your notice of assessment?

We aim to process tax returns within 10 weeks. If you lodged your tax return online using myTax, our standard processing time is 2 weeks.

How we work out your tax

If you want to work out your tax refund or debt, use the Income tax estimator.