Tax Time Messages for Students (From the ATO – Australian Tax Office)

With tax time here there are some important things to remember this year.

The tax-free threshold has increased from $6,000 to $18,200. This means that if you earned less than $18,200 in a financial year, you may not need to pay income tax. If you earned more than $18,200, you may only need to pay income tax on your earnings over $18,200.

If you are working or have earned an income during the year, you may be required to lodge an income tax return. If you’re not sure if you have to pay tax this year the ATO’s ‘Do I need to lodge a tax return?’ tool can help you work it out. You can find the tool at .

If you do need to lodge, the quickest and easiest way to lodge your own return is through e-tax, the ATO’s free, fast and secure online lodgement service which you can find on the ATO’s website.  If you are lodging through an agent it’s important to make suer they are registered, which you can check at

Which ever way you lodge, it’s important to only claim deductions which you are entitled to. The ATO website has a range of occupation guides and the ATO also has some videos on YouTube that can help you claim what you are entitled to. With $18 billion in work related expenses claimed each year, its an area the ATO pay close attention to.

That includes deductions for self education expenses. You can only claim a deduction for self-education expenses when your course of study is directly connected to your current employment.  You can get more information about the deductions you can claim at

Finally, it is important that you protect your identity – you only get one! Your tax file number is a unique number and is an important part of your identity. This means that you need to keep it safe. If your details are stolen, they can be used to commit fraud in your name.

At tax time there is always an increase in the number of sophisticated e-mail and phone scams designed to trick people into giving away their personal details such as tax file numbers, banking and credit card details.

The ATO will never send an email requesting you to confirm, update or disclose confidential details like your name, date of birth, address, passwords, or credit card details.

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