How to lodge your late tax return?
You can finish any late tax return from 2001–2016 online right now.
It only takes about 15 minutes and you’ll get expert support the whole way.
Do you have a previous year’s overdue tax return that you need to lodge with the ATO? Don’t worry, you’re in the right place.
The Etax Accountants online tax return is a web-based online tax return that works on any device (PC, Mac, iPad, Tablet, Android) and is fast, easy and simple. Just register your details, select the tax year you have outstanding and your late tax returns will be done before you know it.
At Etax.com.au you can complete any prior year’s or late tax returns from 2001 to now. And the best part, using the simple online tax return means you can finish your late tax returns in as little as 15 minutes.
You are never too late to lodge an overdue tax return
If you have a late tax return the sooner you get up to date the better! The ATO is very clear that you have to lodge a tax return for each year that you received any income, regardless of how much time has passed.
The ATO has records of individuals with late tax returns, and unfortunately, if you ignore old late tax returns, you might be end up with costly ATO fines and interest charges over a period of time.
We can help you sort each of your late tax returns out, easy.
- If you have a late tax return, lodge it as soon as possible. (The longer you wait, the more chance of an ATO penalty fine.)
- If you lodge your late tax return now and you don’t owe the ATO any money, usually they won’t charge any late lodgement penalties*.
It doesn’t matter if you have one late return or a whole bunch of overdue tax returns – the sooner you lodge your returns, the better.
Here are a few common questions we get regarding late tax returns
“I don’t have any record of my income for a certain year…”
Have you misplaced your payment summary or group certificate for a particular tax year?
Don’t worry: We can retrieve your tax records directly from the ATO to help complete your tax return. This can include your PAYG summary, plus income earned from bank interest and government agencies.
Follow these easy steps to get your overdue tax returns up to date:
- Register onlineat Etax.com.au and select the relevant outstanding tax year.
- Fill in as much detail as you can and sign your return.
- Send us a message using “my etax messages” from within your return letting us know you don’t have your payment records.
- Leave the rest to us. We’ll check with the ATO to find any missing information. Then we’ll lodge you late tax return to the ATO on your behalf.
Please note: For all late tax returns, we will check information from the ATO. Unfortunately, sometimes the ATO did not receive information from your old employers, etc. If this is the case, we can still help get your return lodged properly anyway.
“I earned less than the tax free threshold” or “I had no income at all…”
If your income is below the tax free threshold or you had no income, you are still required to notify the ATO. Instead of lodging a late tax return, you’ll need to submit an ATO “Non-Lodgement Advice”. This lets the ATO know that you were not required to lodge a tax return that year.
If you think this applies to you, please start and sign a return for the years you have outstanding. Then send us a message using “my messages” in the top menu. We’ll check your records with the ATO and confirm whether you need to lodge a late tax return or a Non-Lodgement Advice and we’ll help you get it done in no time.
Special offer for all Etax clients: If you’re an Etax client and you need a non-lodgement advice instead of a late tax return, we’ll do it for you free of charge!
“I am afraid of owing the ATO money – I can’t afford to pay overdue taxes.”
If you think you might owe the ATO money, it’s better to get things up to date sooner rather than later. If you’re struggling financially and can’t afford the repay an outstanding amount in full, we can help you arrange a payment schedule with the ATO instead. The ATO can be very reasonable about payments as long as you get things lodged accurately and honestly.
Don’t ignore your overdue tax returns for too long though; the annual ATO fines, interest and penalties can really add-up. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to catch up. But when it’s all done, what a relief!
*Please note: The information above is general in nature. Etax Accountants cannot guarantee that the ATO won’t charge late fees as this will depend on your individual tax history, but we can negotiate with the ATO for you to minimise any penalties. Individual checking and advice is provided by a reviewing accountant after you enter a tax return at Etax.com.au. Final assessment of your return and refund amount lies solely with the Australian Taxation Office.
For detailed advice relating to your personal circumstances, please:
- ring and speak to one of our accountants on 1300 693 829, OR
- complete your tax return online and sign your return. Then, our accounting team will check your return before it is lodged – if no return is required, it will be cancelled and you will pay no fees.