Income Tax Assessment Act 1936


SECTION 161   ANNUAL RETURNS   Requirement to lodge a return


Every person must, if required by the Commissioner by legislative instrument, give to the Commissioner a return for a year of income within the period specified in the instrument.

The Commissioner may defer the time for giving the return: see section 388-55 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 .


The Commissioner may, in the instrument, exempt from liability to furnish returns such classes of persons not liable to pay income tax as the Commissioner thinks fit, and a person so exempted need not furnish a return unless the person is required by the Commissioner to do so.

If the taxpayer is absent from Australia, or is unable from physical or mental infirmity to make such return, the return may be signed and delivered by some person duly authorized.


Nothing in this section prevents an approval by the Commissioner of a form of return under section 35D of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 from requiring or permitting a return under that section to be attached to, or to form part of, a return under this section.

However, the rules applicable to a return under section 35D of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 are those specified in that Act.

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