You can finish any late tax return from 2001–2017 online, right now
It takes just minutes and you can get friendly, expert help the whole way.
Do you have a previous year tax return that is overdue? Or maybe you have a few tax late tax returns you’ve been avoiding?
Don’t worry: You’ve come to the right place.
The Etax.com.au online tax return is fast, easy and simple. Just register your details, select the tax year, enter a few numbers, and your late tax returns will be done before you know it. Next, your return is checked two times by qualified accountants. Your accountant contacts you with any questions or ideas for improving your tax refund. They’ll lodge it at the ATO and follow it up if needed – which means you can put those tax returns behind you and let a qualified accountant take care of the details.
At Etax.com.au you can complete any prior year’s or late tax returns from 2001 to 2017. And the best part, using the simple online tax return means you can finish your late tax returns in just minutes.
Your overdue tax return is never “too late” (and no, the ATO never forgets about an unlodged return)
If you have a late tax return, the sooner you do it, the better! The ATO is very clear about this: You must lodge a tax return for every year that you received any income.
If you missed one year’s tax return, the ATO will never forget about it. The ATO often applies costly late fines and interest charges that grow and grow over time.
Un-lodged late tax returns = the ATO takes even more of your money.
The support team at Etax can help you put a stop to that.
Finish your late tax returns in minutes.
- If you have a late tax return, lodge it as soon as possible. (The longer you wait, the more chance of ATO fines and interest charges.)
- If you lodge your late tax return now and you don’t owe the ATO any money, usually they won’t charge any late penalties*.
It doesn’t matter if you have one late return or ten overdue tax returns – the sooner you lodge your returns, the better.
Here are the most common questions we hear about late tax returns…
“I can’t find my PAYG and I don’t have any record of my income…”
Have you misplaced your PAYG payment summary or group certificate for a particular tax year?
Don’t worry: Your Etax accountant can fetch tax records directly from the ATO and help complete your tax return. This can include your PAYG summary plus income from bank interest and government agencies like Centrelink.
Follow these easy steps to get your overdue tax returns up to date:
- Register online at 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 had no income” or “I earned less than the tax free threshold”
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” or “I can’t afford to pay overdue tax”
Even if you don’t have money in your bank account, it’s easiest to get your tax returns up to date now, rather than later.
If you can’t afford the pay an ATO tax bill, the Etax support team can help you arrange a payment schedule with the ATO instead. The ATO can be very reasonable about payments on overdue taxes IF you get your tax returns lodged accurately and honestly.
Don’t ignore your late tax returns! ATO fines, interest and penalties can really add up.
The longer you wait, the harder it will be to catch up.
But you can get help. And when it’s all done, what a relief!
You can do your late tax returns in minutes, with friendly accountant support
Can I do my 2018 tax return early?
Your 2018 tax return is for income that you earn between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.
The 2018 tax return will be available at Etax.com.au in June 2018 for ATO lodgement starting on 1 July 2018.
For income you earned before 1 July 2017, you should do a 2017 tax return. You can do a 2017 (or earlier) tax return right now.
The ATO does not allow early lodgement of tax returns, but there are two special cases where you can lodge early. Learn more about the 2018 tax return.
*Please note: The information above is general in nature. Etax Accountants cannot guarantee that the ATO won’t charge late fees because this will depend on your individual tax history, however 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.