Most people need to lodge a tax return each year, but there are some exceptions. If you had tax taken from any payment you received, you almost certainly need to lodge a tax return.
You need to lodge a tax return unless you fall within certain exceptions. Our 'Do I need to lodge a tax return?' tool will help you work out whether or not you need to lodge. If you need to lodge a tax return but don't lodge it, you may have to pay a penalty.
Working holidaymakers must lodge a tax return if they've been paid a salary or wages in Australia.
If you don't need to lodge
If you don't need to lodge a tax return, you may wish to complete a non-lodgment advice. Otherwise the ATO may need to contact you. If you are eligible for a government contribution to your first home saver account, you need to complete a notification of eligibility.
What if you don't lodge?
If you need to lodge a tax return but don't, you may have to pay a failure to lodge on time penalty. The ATO will usually waive this penalty if your tax return is lodged voluntarily and does not result in any tax payable.
If you're managing the estate of someone who died during the financial year, you need to work out if they would have needed to lodge a tax return, and lodge on their behalf.