Tax in Australia

28 July 2015
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Overview of Tax

Financial Year

The Australian financial year is from 1 July to 30 June.

Tax Returns

By 31 October each year, all Australian taxpayers must complete a tax return - "the TaxPack". This is a self-assessment system, whereby each taxpayer declares their income and allowances to arrive at their own tax liability.

Tax File Number (TFN)

Every Australian resident with earnings from employment or investment needs a Tax File Number (TFN). You should apply for your TFN soon after arrival - either at a Tax office, via post or online. Your TFN will be allocated and sent to you within 28 days, but if you get work in the meantime, just tell your employer you have applied, so you don't get taxed on a higher rate.

Australian Business Number (ABN)

If you run a business, you will normally be required to register for an Australian Business Number. You will also have to register for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) if your turnover exceeds $75,000 per annum. See the ATO website for more.


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