How to Lodge Your 2018 Tax Return

Your 2018 tax return will deal with the income you earned between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. While tax time can be a daunting and stressful endeavour, our team at Online Tax Return are here to make sure your experience is simple and easy for your tax refund.

It’s all in the process

We are open all year round, as we pride ourselves on being the best online tax return service available to all Australians. By basing ourselves online, it means your 2018 tax return can be processed around your schedule. No more hours spent sorting through unresponsive tax refund software or accountant waiting rooms!

When can I start my 2018 tax return?

As we’re open all year, you can send us your details as soon as you get them as July approaches. However, tax refund lodgements can only begin after July 1.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) does not allow early lodgement of regular tax returns, but there are cases where you are able to lodge early.

Case 1. You’re a foreign resident for tax purposes and you are:

  • Leaving Australia permanently; AND
  • No longer receiving any Australian income other than interest or dividends.


Case 2. You’re an Australian resident for tax purposes and:

  • You’re leaving Australia;
  • You will no longer be an Australian resident for tax purposes; AND
  • You’ll no longer receive any Australian income other than interest or dividends.

Of course, if you do need to lodge early you’ll need to contact a tax agent, like Online Tax Return.

Where can I lodge my tax return?

Online of course! Thanks to modern technology, Online Tax Return offer a convenient, secure and simple way to lodge your 2018 tax return. Your tax refund will then be dealt with by a registered tax agent, who will ensure you claim all relevant tax deductions available to you – maximising your return!

What about my earlier tax returns?

As tax professionals, we have special permissions from the ATO, so we can deal with late tax returns, sometimes with reduced penalty. Online Tax Return can lodge your tax returns dating back to 2001 electronically, or even older by manual means.

It’s best to get caught up with any late tax return as soon as possible!

Our team is ready to help you to maximise your 2018 tax return. Contact us today to get it started!

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice.