News for multicultural Australians – How to lodge this tax time


There are four ways people can lodge this year, so that everyone’s needs and preferences are covered:

  1. Online using myTax

myTax is quick, easy, safe and secure. So far, over 2 million people have lodged their 2016 tax return using myTax. Once a tax return has been lodged, myTax can also be used to make changes if needed. This year, myTax is available for all individuals, including sole traders.

2. With our free Tax Help service

ATO-trained volunteers assist people to prepare and lodge their tax returns. Anyone who has simple tax affairs and earns less than $50,000 can use Tax Help. Tax Help is available from July to October in all capital cities and many regional areas across Australia.

3. Using a paper tax return

Some people may not be able to lodge online with myTax. They can order paper tax returns and instructions online or by calling 1300 720 092.

4. Using a registered tax agent

Anyone who is using a tax agent for the first time, or using a different tax agent this year, needs to make contact with their chosen Tax Agent before the end of October 2016.

The deadline for options 1, 2, and 3 is 31 October 2016.

We have information about tax time on our website in 17 languages: Arabic, Assyrian Neo-Aramaic,Bengali, Chinese, Dari, English, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Sinhalese, Spanish,Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, or Vietnamese.

Tax time 2016 audio grabs available

You can download English language audio grabs of Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte talking about tax time. Talking points cover:

  • MyTax and pre-filling your information making tax time easier
  • Tax time and the sharing economy
  • The ATO warns against identity theft
  • Tax time is a prime time for scams

You can find all our Tax Time 2016 audio grabs in the ATO Media Centre.

Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte is also available for interviews in English in relation to Tax Time 2016. If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact the ATO Media Unit or on 02 6216 1901.

Tax Help centres open across Australia

Tax Time 2016 is well underway and the ATO’s Tax Help service is once again assisting low-income earners to meet their tax obligations.

Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte said that 835 volunteers across Australia will be supporting people who need assistance completing their tax returns this year. Find out more in Tax Help centres open across Australia or in the attached work document ‘Tax Help locations 2016’.

ATO exposes dodgy deductions

With over eight million Australians claiming work-related expenses each year, Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte is reminding people to make sure they get their deductions right this tax time.

Find out more in ATO exposes dodgy deductions, with helpful tips and case studies of people who’ve had their deductions disallowed, such as a medical professional making a claim for attending an overseas conference – even though they hadn’t left Australia.

Look out for scams

Don’t let scammers steal your money or identity.

Scammers are particularly active during tax time because of the large number of people lodging their tax return and receiving refunds. We will never ask people for money to release a refund or threaten jail or court action to pay a debt they know nothing about. We will also never request immediate payment via pre-paid cards or direct credit to a personal bank account.

If someone you know has been contacted by a scammer or has fallen victim to a scam, contact the ATO on 1800 008 540 or through the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50.

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