Simple Steps To Apply For Your Tax Return

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30th June and 1st July are coming, it is a splendid time for you to lodge your tax return. But should you lodge your tax return and how do you lodge it? Well, here are some steps to help you lessen the hassle.

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Why do you need to submit your tax?

During the financial year, your casual/part-time/full-time income has been reduced a small amount by tax, depending on your income status. If you do not know whether you should lodge a tax return, check these selection criteria:

For example, you are an international student with a tax file number, working casually at a bar. Before starting the job, you are required to sign a few documents including a tax file paper. So every time you receive a payment transferred to your bank account, there is a section of tax deduction in your pay slips. So at the end of the financial year, you are eligible to proceed with a tax return.

If you earn less than 18,200 AUD dollars a year, and you paid tax during the financial year, you likely to get all of the tax back.

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However, if you are an international student with a tax file number, working part time in a coffee shop, no papers had been signed between both sides, and you receive cash in hand every week for your payment; you are not eligible to lodge a tax return. This is because the tax department does not have any tax record of your income.

So if you earn less than 18,2000 AUD dollars a year, and you have had no tax withheld from your income, you might not be able to lodge your tax return. However, you still need to notify the ATO with the Non-lodgment advice

How do you lodge your tax return?

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a/You need these documents:

Identity documents (passport or birth certificate or citizenship certificate)

Employment and income documents

b/You need myDeductions:

This is the ATO’s app to keep track of your income and expenditure, checking the tax return that you could claim.

c/Methods:

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Lodge Online

  1. In order to lodge your tax return, you should have a tax file number with some identity and income documents
  2. Visit ATO.GOV.AU and create myGov account
  3. Sign into myGov and follow the instructions 

If you have any trouble lodging your tax return online, you can make an appointment by calling 13 28 61 for TAX HELP, running across the country from July to October. (However, you should check your income status). If you need help with translation and interpretation, please phone 13 14 50 for further assistance.

The online system, myTax, is available  24 hours and only takes 2 weeks to receive the refund.

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Lodge a paper tax return

  1.  Order a paper tax return through Publication Ordering Service or call 1300 720 092
  2.  Fill in your required information (personal identification and income documents)
  3.  Post to Australian Taxation Office ( GPO Box 9845 IN YOUR CAPITAL CITY)

This method takes 50 business days for the refund.

Lodge with a registered tax agent

You can also lodge your tax return through an agent. You are required to pay an administration fee for application preparation and the lodgement process.

Once you submit your tax, just wait and check your bank account later and then you can indulge yourself (like that dessert you were thinking of getting)

Last modified: June 27, 2016

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