When it comes to tax returns in Australia, knowing your deadlines is crucial. Whether you’re an individual taxpayer, a business owner, or using a tax agent, staying informed about due dates helps avoid penalties and ensures financial compliance. 

For Individual Taxpayers 

Standard Deadline: The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) sets the standard deadline for individual tax returns at 31 October following the end of the financial year (which runs from 1 July to 30 June). So, for the 2023-2024 financial year, your tax return is due by 31 October 2024. 

Extension Possibility: If you’re planning to use the services of a registered tax agent, you might be eligible for an extended deadline. However, you must be enrolled with a tax agent before the standard 31 October deadline. 

For Businesses 

Varied Deadlines: Business tax return deadlines can vary depending on the structure and circumstances of your business. Typically, companies are expected to lodge their returns by 15 May of the following year if they are using a tax agent. 

Different Reporting Requirements: Depending on your business operations, you may have additional reporting requirements and deadlines, such as Business Activity Statements (BAS). 

Using a Tax Agent 

Extended Deadlines: Tax agents often have special lodgement schedules which can extend your deadlines. However, it’s important to engage with a tax agent early to take advantage of these extensions. 

Our Role: A registered tax agent can help you navigate the complexities of tax lodgement, ensuring that your returns are accurate and timely. 

Tips for Timely Lodgement 

Stay Organised: Keep your financial records organized throughout the year to avoid last-minute rushes. 

Understand Your Obligations: Familiarise yourself with the specific tax obligations relevant to your situation. 

Use Digital Tools: Leverage the ATO’s online services and digital tools for reminders and easier lodgement. 

Seek Professional Advice: When in doubt, consult a tax professional or a registered tax agent for personalized advice. 

Meeting your tax return deadlines is a crucial aspect of financial management. By staying informed and prepared, you can ensure that you meet your tax obligations efficiently and effectively.