Your Etax 2016 tax return is ready to go, with new features and support that will help you find deductions, save you time and give you the confidence your return was done right.
Questions? No problem – the Etax accounting team will check your return and answer your questions after you sign your return.
Need help along the way? Live chat with qualified accountants means you don’t need to feel unsure about your tax return.
How has Etax 2016 improved?
Apart from design upgrades, better help features and making the site faster, a list of customer-driven projects had made the Etax 2016 online tax return even better than ever.
Rather than guessing what improvements our users wanted in Etax 2016, we decided to ask instead! In 2014 and 2015 we ran contests asking clients to tell us the best ways to improve Etax.com.au. And the winners took home $10,000 cash prizes.
We read through tens of thousands of entries and the most frequent comment was, “don’t change a thing!” That was great to see.
But we like a challenge. So we reviewed every other entry, one-by-one. Etax users made a lot of clever, insightful suggestions about how to make the tax return better. We’ve worked hard to make those ideas happen inside your Etax 2016 online tax return. Here are just some of the changes you’ll see:
- Shows you tax deduction ideas based on your occupation.
- Shows you the deduction items you claimed last year, to help save time and avoid forgotten deductions (if you lodged with us last year).
- More “automatic” and even more items will be pre-filled for the average user. (Our stats shows using pre-fill reduces data entry by up to 80%!)
- The Etax.com.au 2016 tax return is better than ever on tablets and mobile.
- See examples of tax documents, to help you enter numbers in the right place.
- We re-designed and re-built some tougher tax return sections that caused trouble for ‘power users’.
- Nicer help resources and examples show you how to get through your tax return quickly.
- Larger live chat support team in 2016 where you can chat to a real accountant who can help you get your return done fast and correct.
“I heard that ATO e-tax was retired in 2016”
Let’s avoid any confusion…
This website, etax.com.au, is an online tax agent service, providing easy online tax returns, lodgement, expert advice and support. Etax Accountants has been Australia’s favourite online tax agent since 1998, with advice and support from trained accountants who are on your side, plus low, tax-deductible tax agent fees.
“e-tax” software was a program the ATO released later on. You had to download and install a new version of the software on your computer each year.
In the ATO’s costly marketing campaigns (and PR/media campaigns that feed articles into your newspaper) they seem to suggest that ATO e-tax or myTax are the “main” way Australians might do their tax return. That’s simply not true.
We’re proud of our service which improves every year! Our users come back each year because we’re on your side, committed to helping Australian taxpayers get better tax refunds – every year!
Etax.com.au gets better every year, based on your feedback
Here are some Etax users’ requests that we tackled for 2016:
Suggest Tax Deductions Based on My Occupation
Okay! This is a tough request for our IT department, but we did it. If you select a standard occupation in your salary & wages section, below in the Deductions section you can see common tax deductions claimed by people with similar jobs to yours.
Show Me the Tax Deductions I Selected Last Year
You can click the “prior year” button and see what you entered in a section. That button is in the bottom-right of each section IF you lodged your previous year’s tax return at etax.com.au.
For 2016 this feature is even better: In the Deductions section, the “section selector buttons” that you used last year will be in their own box so it is nice and clear. And they will be pre-selected to save you time. Just add your latest details for 2016 and you’re done!
A Better Etax Mobile App
We had hundreds of clients asking us to develop a mobile application to help make doing your taxes easier. Done!
It’s very hard to build and release such a complex app. The Australian tax return is a complicated thing! We’ve ironed-out the bugs from Version 1 and we think the app is pretty awesome now.
Give the Etax 2016 mobile app a try! You can use it to snap photos of receipts and save them to your next tax return, so you never miss another deduction. Then, in July, you can use it to enter and submit your whole tax return. Too easy.
Pretty soon we’ll release more updates including better navigation inside the app… we’re working on it now!
Better Help Content
Many of our clients said they wanted more help content and more on page section descriptions to help them know whether they’re filling out their return correctly. Well, the Etax online tax return now has more of both.
We’ve done another big overhaul to our help content and look forward to releasing even more improvements on the new Etax 2016 tax return.
Also: Watch for even more buttons throughout the return, with lots of (?) icons to help you understand specific items in your 2016 Etax return.
More Access to Live Chat
Another common response to our competition was “Live chat would be a big help!” We agree! Each year we already run a Live Chat service between July and October, but it seems as though demand far outweighs supply!
In peak season (especially July) we’ll have 3X more Live Chat operators who are also qualified accountants available to assist our clients completing their Etax return.
Works Great on Mobile Phones
The Etax 2016 online tax return will be even better for people on mobile phones or tablets!
Our IT team in Brisbane is working hard on a loooong list of further mobile enhancements.
Here’s a good example: Log in to your 2016 tax return on mobile. In most sections there’s an “attach file” button. If you click it, you can just snap a photo of any document using your phone. What an easy way to save your tax-related papers online! And you know that you can log in to see them anytime. (Later they’ll be saved in your “My Files” section, in the menu.)
Is Etax 2016 available now? Yes!
The Etax 2016 tax return is available to use at this site (www.etax.com.au) now!
You can register and start your return, enter everything you can and then – as soon as you receive your PAYG summary in early July – simply enter the final details and we’ll have it checked and lodged in no time! This is the fastest way to get a tax refund.
Are you ready to get started on your easiest tax return yet?
Your 2016 Etax return can be done in minutes. Simply click “get started” below and you can do any tax return from 2001 right through to 2016!