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When DON’T you need to lodge a tax return?

IF YOU DO NOT NEED TO LODGE A RETURN… …but you have previously lodged returns, you're still not entirely off the hook. You should submit a "Non-lodgment Advice" to the Australian Taxation Office. IF YOU DO NEED TO LODGE ONE... ...and are doing it yourself (rather than via a tax agent), you need to lodge it by 31 October or you could face a penalty.

Making tax time as painless as possible

WORK THE TIMING If you’re expecting a tax return, get your return in as quickly as you can to receive the money earlier. If you’re expecting to make a payment, hold off your return until close to the deadline. For most of us, that is 15th May in the following year (unless you lodge it yourself in which case it’s 31st October in the current year). Check ATO lodgment dates for individuals, if you’re not sure.