Taxman to increase online presence

E-Tax, available free of charge through the ATO site from July, enables taxpayers to lodge their return over the net.

First released in 1999, E-Tax is the ATO's electronic income tax return preparation and lodgment software. It takes the user through an on-screen interview and automatically completes tax returns based on the answers. In addition to this, E-Tax provides an estimate of any refund or bill.

In its first year of release, the electronic form attracted more than 27,000 people. This year, the ATO expects around 100,000 returns to be lodged electronically, said John McCarthy, the ATO's director of electronic initiatives.

Apart from being available on the ATO's site, the form can be accessed from Telstra, ninemsn and MyFinance. The ATO agreed to these sites' offers to host the E-Tax software, McCarthy said, but the relationship with these companies does not extend any further.

Although individual tax returns are due by the end of October, the online form will be available from July to November. McCarthy said that the usual late penalties will apply for returns lodged after October.

The benefits of lodging a tax return online include getting a refund within 14 days and having the opportunity to wait until December 1 before having to pay any bill, according to McCarthy.

"Doing an electronic tax return is particularly useful for people with mobility difficulties and for Australians living overseas," McCarthy said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sarah Keegan

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?