Can I lodge my Australian tax return before the start of tax season?

Lodge early!

You may be wondering, can I lodge my Australian tax return before the start of the tax season? The ATO accepts early tax return if you’re eligible. You must be:

  1. A foreign resident  who is leaving Australia permanently and will no longer earn income in Australia
  2. An Australian resident who is leaving Australia permanently, cease to be a resident, and no longer earn income in Australia other than interest, dividend and royalty income

 

As a working holidaymaker, the end of your stay may fall well before the end of the Australian financial year. If this is the case, you will be considered to be leaving Australia permanently and no longer to be deriving an income from Australian sources. (even though you did not qualify as a resident for tax purposes). Under those circumstances, you may file an early tax return.

 

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