If you're using a tax agent, you need to contact them before 31 October to take advantage of extended due dates.
If you haven't lodged your 2021 or earlier tax returns yet, it's important to get up to date as soon as possible to avoid penalties.
If your total taxable income for the year ended 30 June 2022 is below the tax-free threshold of $18,200, you may not need to lodge an income tax return. Due to the low-income tax offset and low-and-middle income tax offset, the effective tax-free threshold is $25,436.
However, if you have had tax withheld from your income during the year including from your wages, you must lodge a tax return to get these amounts refunded to you. Check that your income statement shows all your earnings and the amount of tax taken out, as well as superannuation payments if you’re entitled.
If you haven’t already, you should set up your myGovID and myGov account. You can then link government services, including the ATO, to your account.
Most employers will send your income statement via myGov. You will also be able to see your superannuation information there as well.
If you use a tax agent, they’ll be able to access this information for you.
To figure out whether you need to lodge a tax return, identify all sources of income for the year. A lot of this information will be pre-filled for you by the ATO by mid-August. This will save you time and means you'll be less likely to leave something out.
Income that needs to be reported to the ATO includes:
- income from work as an employee or a contractor including cash payments
- investment income, such as bank interest, share dividends or renting out your car
- capital gains or losses on when you sell or exchange cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), shares and other investments
- certain government payments such as Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY, living allowance and Austudy
- some non-government scholarships, grants and awards
- distributions from a family trust or partnership.
You should also keep records for costs associated with earning your income so that you can claim any eligible expenses and reduce your tax bill.
Read more in our tax tips for employees and contractors
Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt repayments are not tax deductible.
If you’ve told your employer you have a HELP debt, your employer will withhold additional tax from your salary to cover any repayments.
Certain types of income earned by minors under the age of 18 may be taxed at a higher rate. Ordinary tax rates apply to income earned by a minor aged under 18, such as employment or business income, capital gains and taxable government payments such as Youth Allowance.
Certain types of income earned by minors under the age of 18 may be taxed at a higher rate. These include income from a trust, interest, dividends, rent and royalties.
The ATO’s Tax Help program is available to eligible recipients from July to October in all capital cities and many regional areas across Australia.
There is also a National Tax Clinic program available to eligible individuals, small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and charities.
Tax agents may also offer special student or discount rates.
You can report illegal activity and concerning behaviours to the ATO, for example:
- JobKeeper fraud
- demanding or paying for work cash in hand to avoid obligations
- underpayment of wages
- bypassing visa restrictions and visa fraud
- identity fraud
- tax fraud
- not paying correct super to employees
- creating false or fraudulent documents or records.
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