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  • When to lodge your tax return

    Tax returns cover the period 1 July to 30 June each year. This is known as the financial year.

    When the financial year ends, you have until 31 October to lodge your tax return (unless you're lodging through a registered tax agent). Use the following table to work out when you need to lodge.

    If you receive your payment between

    You may need to lodge a tax return for

    If so, you must lodge it by

    1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018

    2017–18

    31 October 2018

    1 July 2018 and 31 December 2019

    2018–19

    31 October 2019

    If you're lodging through a tax agent most registered tax agents have special lodgment schedules.

    Example: When to lodge your tax return

    Esther received her BSWAT Payment Scheme lump sum in April 2018, which falls within the 2017–18 financial year.

    In 2017–18, her total taxable income (including the BSWAT payment) was more than $18,200, so she needs to lodge a tax return for 2017–18.

    She must lodge it by 31 October 2018, unless she's lodging through a registered tax agent with a special lodgment program.

    End of example

    If you're not sure when you need to lodge, phone us from mid-July on 13 28 69 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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