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IT3 Tax-free government pensions or benefits 2022

Complete question IT3 to include certain tax-free government pensions or benefits you received.

Last updated 25 May 2022

This question is about certain tax-free government pensions or benefits that you received in 2021–22. For a list of the relevant tax-free government pensions and benefits, see Special circumstances and glossary 2022.

If you are still unsure whether your pension or benefit is tax-free, contact us, or contact the agency that paid you.

Do not include at this item:

  • Australian Government allowances and payments that you have included at item 5
  • Australian Government pensions and allowances that you have included at item 6
  • Australian annuities and superannuation income streams that you have included at item 7.

Did you receive a tax-free government pension or benefit that is listed in the Special circumstances and glossary section?


Write 0 at U item IT3, then go to question IT4 Target foreign income 2022, or return to main menu Individual tax return instructions 2022.


Read on.

Answering this question

You do not pay income tax on tax-free government pensions and benefits; however, those pensions and benefits are taken into account when working out your adjusted taxable income. Your adjusted taxable income is an income test we use to work out your eligibility for certain tax offsets and the amount of those offsets.

Completing your tax return

Step 1

Add up the amount of tax-free pensions or benefits you received during 2021–22.

Step 2

Write the total at U item IT3.

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