How long does it take to get my refund?

On average, you should get your refund within 14 to 21 days.

The date on which you file your tax return and which work period you report have a definite impact on when you get your money back.

Generally, you can expect a quicker refund if you are reporting income earned before the end of the financial year and expect a long wait if you are reporting income after the close of the tax year. This is because this would require filing an early return with longer processing times.

Can I lodge a joint Australian tax return with my spouse if we visited Australia together?

Unlike the UK or the US, you cannot lodge a joint Australian tax return.

Married couples are taxed separately on their incomes and must file individual returns. If you’re married or married de facto during the tax year, you will need to report your Spouse’s information when lodging your tax return.

 

Click here for more information on lodging a tax return when you’re married.

Can I deduct my employment allowances?

If you receive Employment allowances from your employer in addition to your wages or salary they are assessable income. Generally, it cannot be claimed as a tax deduction. You can only claim the total amount of expenses you incurred, even if the allowance was more. 

 

Employment Allowances
  • Car and travel allowances, including reimbursements of car expenses if any
  • Tools, clothing, and laundry allowances
  • Meal and entertainment allowances
  • Qualifications, such as a first-aid certificate or that required of a safety officer
  • Allowances related to specific working conditions, for example, danger, height, dirt level, or time traveled

A few allowances, such as those for travel involving an overnight stay away from your usual place of residence, may be partially deductible.

Are my work related expenses deductible?

Yes. Tax deductions include work-related expenses that you paid for while performing your job.

You can claim deductions for certain expenses directly related to earning your income. When you complete your return, subtract these deductions from your total income to arrive at your taxable income. The more deductions you are able to take, the lower your tax burden will be.

 

According to the ATO, there are a few basic rules you have to file when it comes to deductions.

  • You can only claim deductions in the same income year that you made the purchase.
  • Do not claim expenses that were reimbursed.
  • You can only claim expenses incurred in earning your assessable income – not private, domestic, or capital expenses.
  • Keep written records of all your deductions.

 

Tax deductions include work-related expenses that you paid for while performing your job. You had deductible expenses if you:

  • You are not reimbursed
  • The expenses are related to your income
  • Received a bill or invoice for a work-related expense that you were liable and paid for
  • Did not receive a bill for what you paid for
  • Received a bill or invoice for a work-related expense that you were liable and paid for
  • You did not receive a bill for a work-related expense but you paid it

Australian workers benefit from an extensive number of deductible work expenses. In all cases, it is advisable to hold to your receipts: an expense you thought unrelated to your work may well be deductible in Australia.