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  • How to lodge your tax return

    If you received a BSWAT payment, there are a few different ways you can lodge a tax return:

    Most people need to lodge their tax return by 31 October. If you don’t lodge on time, you may have to pay a penalty.

    Get help from our Tax Help volunteers

    At tax time, there's free tax help for people on low incomes. Our Tax Help volunteers are available in many community centres from July to October each year. If you earn around $60,000 or less, they can help you do your tax return.

    You can ask your nominee, a family member or friend to go with you to the centre, if you wish.

    To find your nearest tax help centre and make an appointment, from mid-July to October, phone us on 13 28 69. When you phone us it's important to say you've received a BSWAT payment and want the free Tax Help service. We can provide the details of your nearest tax help centre so you can make an appointment.

    The Tax Help volunteers can help you:

    • get or print the paper forms and instructions
    • lodge a return
    • claim a lump sum in arrears tax offset
    • lodge a Non-lodgment advice (if you're not required to lodge a tax return).

    Complete a paper tax return

    You can complete a paper tax return and lodge it by mail. You will need to complete both of the following forms:

    • Tax return for individuals
    • Tax return for individuals (supplementary section) – this is where you report your BSWAT payment under item 24 (other income).

    Detailed instructions on completing the forms are provided in Including BSWAT on your tax return.

    Most refunds for paper tax returns are issued within 50 business days.

    How to get the forms and instructions

    You can get the paper forms and instructions by phoning us on 1300 720 092 or ordering online at ato.gov.au/onlineordering

    When ordering, you need to ask for:

    • Tax return for individuals (NAT 2541)
    • Tax return for individuals (supplementary section) (NAT 2679)
    • Individual tax return instructions (NAT 71050).

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    Lodge using myTax

    You can only use myTax to lodge your return if your BSWAT tax table in Attachment E shows an amount for the financial years 2014–15, 2013–14 or 2012–13.

    If your BSWAT tax table shows an amount for any financial years from 2003–04 up to 2011–12, you must lodge by paper or with a tax agent. This allows you to claim the lump sum in arrears tax offset which may reduce how much tax you have to pay.

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    If you're lodging through a tax agent

    You can use a registered tax agent to prepare and lodge your tax return. Registered tax agents are the only people who can charge you a fee for doing your tax return.

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    Help from family or friends

    You can ask a family member or friend to help you with your tax return. They cannot charge you a fee – only registered tax agents can charge for preparing tax returns.

    If someone helps you, you must sign the tax return yourself as you are responsible for information in it.

    You, or a person who is helping you, need to fill in a tax return. You can get the paper forms and instructions by phoning us on 1300 720 092 or ordering online at ato.gov.au/onlineordering

    When ordering, you need to ask for all of the following:

    • Tax return for individuals (NAT 2541)
    • Tax return for individuals (supplementary section) (NAT 2679)
    • Individual tax return instructions (NAT 71050).

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      Last modified: 28 Aug 2017QC 46588