COVID-19 - frequently asked questions


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This document provides a record of the frequently asked questions that were published to the main ATO website ( in the weeks following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

It records the FAQs as last updated on 22 May 2020 and published on the ATO website on 30 June 2020.

The FAQs are being progressively restructured into the primary website advice for that topic or into other COVID-19 website content to improve accessibility. For example, advice in the FAQs relating to the individuals heading can now be found on Tax time essentials 2020 page.

Other COVID-19 material published to this database include:


You are free to copy, adapt, modify, transmit and distribute this material as you wish (but not in any way that suggests the ATO or the Commonwealth endorses you or any of your services or products).

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