How to Lodge Your Individual Tax Return (2024 Update)

A tax return is an amount of money refunded by the Government each financial year for those who have paid too much tax or can claim deductions to their taxable income. In this article, we’ll detail how you can lodge your individual tax return.

Ways to lodge your return


More than 3 million Australians now lodge their tax returns online. Not only does this method let you lodge your return from the comfort of your own home, but this often means you’ll receive your tax refund faster. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) operates an online system called myTax, which allows you to lodge online. MyTax integrates with employer data, meaning that you won’t have to put much information in.

To lodge your return this way, you will have to register a myGov account. This will require you to answer a handful of questions regarding your income, investments and deductions. You can access this through any device connected to the internet and will provide you with a more personalised, time-efficient tax return by pre-filling in your information.

Paper form

You can still lodge your tax return by filling in a paper form and sending it to the ATO by post. Lodging your return requires two documents:

Follow the instructions to complete your tax return. If you have business, capital gains, foreign or rental income, you may need to also lodge a Tax return for individuals (supplementary section).

Once you have completed all the required fields, you will need to post your form to the tax office.

Do I need a tax agent?

The ATO provides valuable information on what you can and can’t claim as part of your tax return. This means that more often than not, you won’t need to enlist the expertise of a tax agent. If your financial affairs are more complex, then a registered tax agent may be able to advise you on what you can do to maximise your return. A registered tax agent will also be able to prepare and lodge your tax return for you. Further, most registered tax agents are able to lodge returns for clients later than the usual 31 October deadline. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that tax agents will also charge a fee for their services.


Although you can amend your tax return, it’s important that the information you provide to the ATO is accurate and truthful. The ATO are tasked with following up tax returns which contain discrepancies, and hefty fines can apply. Whichever way you choose to lodge your taxes – accuracy is a must. If you have further questions about lodging your tax return, it is worth consulting a tax lawyer.

Don’t know where to start? Contact us on 1800 529 728 to learn more about customising legal documents and obtaining a fixed-fee quote from Australia’s largest lawyer marketplace.

Most Popular Articles
You may also like
Recent Articles

Get the latest news

By clicking on 'Sign up to our newsletter' you are agreeing to the Lawpath Terms & Conditions


Register for our free live webinar today!

Essential Strategic Planning for the New Financial Year

12:00pm AEDT
Thursday 11th July 2024

By clicking on 'Register for webinar' you are agreeing to the Lawpath Terms & Conditions

You may also like

The 2024 Federal Budget has unveiled a comprehensive package of measures designed to support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Australia, while also laying the groundwork for a "Future Made in Australia."
Default interest clauses can help protect lenders' interests, but sometimes they will not be enforceable. Find out more here.
Lying on your resume to get a job is never a good idea. In fact obtaining employment through fraud can actually land you in jail.

Thank you!

Your registration is confirmed. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email with details on how to watch the webinar.