Tax Return 2021 FAQs; Your Questions, Answered!

Tax Return 2021 FAQs; Your Questions, Answered!


Tax Return is a legal obligation that every business and person must lodge in Australia, this is something you cannot avoid. It’s not scary if you do it right. We at Grow Advisory Group, has helped many clients with the business tax returns and personal tax returns and got decent chunk of hard earned cash land back in their bank account each year.

With the 2020 EOFY behind us for yet another year, I thought now would be a good time to look back at the questions we were most asked and populate FAQs to assist with tax returns in 2021.

If you have stumbled on this page in search for tax return advice, or the answer to a pressing tax return question, then you’ll probably find what you’re looking for here. Continue reading as I share with you the most asked questions in relation to tax returns. If you don’t see the answer to your question below, shoot me an email and I will do my best to respond as soon as possible.

Table of Contents:

What is the 2021 tax return deadline?

If you plan to lodge your own tax return in 2021, you have until 31 October 2021 to do so. However, if you avail the services of a tax accountant (Registered Tax Agent) to lodge your 2021 tax return, you have until 15 May 2022; almost an entire year past 2019-2020 financial year.

There are concessions for individuals, partnerships, and trusts, to lodge tax returns past 15 May 2022, which you can find out about here.

If you are the owner of a registered company or super fund, a separate tax return will need to be lodged. You can find the important due dates here.

Will I be penalised for late tax return lodgement?

Fees may apply if you fail to lodge a tax return by the 2021 tax return deadline. The ATO may issue a default assessment warning letter or a “failure to lodge on time penalty” (FTL) if you are a small business. The FTL penalty fee is $222 per 28 days past the deadline date, up to a total of $1110 for 113 days or more.

You are more likely to be penalised if you have more than one tax return outstanding or have poor lodgement history.

What are the tax rates for 2020-2021?

The recent Budget 2020 brought forward planned 2022 tax rate adjustments to apply in the 2020-2021 financial year. This budget saw the 19% tax bracket ceiling lifted from $37,000 to $45,000 and the 32.5% tax bracket ceiling lifted from $90,000 to $120,000.

The new tax brackets for 2020-2021 are as follows:

$0-$18,200 Nil
 $18,201 to $45,000  19c for each $1 over $18,200
 $45,001 to $120,000  $5,092 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $45,000
 $120,001 to $180,000  $29,467 plus 37c for each $1 over $120,000
 $180,001 and over  $51,667 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000

If you need help trying to calculate your income tax, please refer to my earlier post, ‘How to Calculate Income Tax for Individuals’.

How do I do my tax return?

There are various ways to lodge a tax return. You can lodge it yourself, online, using myTax, or you can lodge a paper tax return. Alternatively, a Registered Tax Agent such as Grow Advisory Group can loge it on your behalf.

Individuals with complex tax returns – those with trusts and companies, for example, usually engage an accountant to complete and lodge their tax returns.

How do I get my tax refund?

In order to get a tax refund, a tax return needs first to be lodged. It then needs to be processed.

You can track the progress of your tax return through your myGov account, regardless of whether your lodged it yourself or had Grow Advisory Group lodge it on your behalf.

Your tax return will have one of the following statuses:

  • In progress – Processing
  • In progress – Information pending
  • In progress – Under review
  • In progress – Balancing account
  • Cancelled
  • Issued – $ Amount

You can find out more about the process and these statues on the ATO website.

When do I get my tax refund?

Tax refunds are issued once your tax returned has been processed, and myGov shows the status as ‘Issued’. Tax returns which are lodged through myTax take around two weeks to be processed. Paper tax returns can take as long as ten weeks to be processed; some may even take longer. If you have Grow Advisory Group lodge your tax return, it will be processed within 30 days of the lodgement date.

Your myGov account will show the date for payment and whether you’re entitled to a refund. If you provided your bank details, your refund would be paid directly into your account.

Can I change my tax return after it’s been filed?

Yes! Thankfully you can. If you have made a mistake on an already-lodged tax return, you can request an amendment to be made. There are, however, time limits as to when amendments can be made. It is generally two years for individuals and small businesses and four years for other taxpayers.

If your amendment results in you owing more tax, it will be treated as a voluntary disclosure and will still need to be paid. If it reduces your tax, you will receive an additional tax refund for the money owing.

What documents do I need to do my tax return?

Tax returns take time and require a lot of information. In order to complete a tax return and receive the maximum tax refund you are entitled, you need to produce a number of documents, including those relating to income, work expenses, and other records. The required documents will likely differ depending on the industry you work within.

To give you an idea of the documents needed, below is an example of what would be needed to lodge a simple individual tax return. Trust and Company tax returns require additional documents.

Income Documents

  • PAYG Summaries
  • Government / Pension payments/allowances
  • Dividend statements
  • Bank interest report
  • Business income statement
  • Rental property income statement
  • All other income earned

Work Expenses (receipts)

  • Work Tools and equipment
  • Office stationery and running costs
  • Phone and Internet costs
  • Work Travel and accommodation costs
  • Word-related educational costs
  • Work uniform costs
  • Car and petrol costs

Other Documents

  • Donation receipts
  • Income protection insurance details
  • Private health insurance details
  • Rental property expenses
  • Other investment expenses
  • Spouse details
  • Children’s details
  • Last year’s tax return fee

What tax deductions can I claim in 2021?

Possible tax deductions generally include expense derived from a service or product directly related to your work or income-generating activity. This casts a wide net, but tread lightly. There are strict guidelines as to what should and should not be claimed as a tax deduction.

General items are those mentioned above. Phone and internet expenses, computer and home office expenses, car and travel expenses, work uniform and occupation-specific clothing expenses, education expenses, and donations over $2 can all safely been claimed as a tax deduction in 2021.

It’s always best to seek professional advice to ensure you are claiming everything you are entitled to and nothing more. Grow Advisory Group offer tax advice and will ensure you receive the biggest possible tax refund should you seek our services.

Conclusion

Completing a tax return for the 2020-2021 financial year will be much the same as previous years, except for the Budget 2020 changes to the tax brackets, which have been brought forward due to the economic fallout of COVID-19.

This article answers the most popular questions such as the lodgement deadline, lodgment options, claimable expenses, and other important information to help you complete your tax return in 2021.

To alleviate the stress of completing your tax return correctly, and to ensure you receive the biggest possible tax refund, give Grow Advisory Group a call. As registered tax agents, we can take care of all your tax return preparation and lodgement needs. All you need to do is sit back and wait for your refund.

Contact our Nerang or Tweed Heads office if you have any further questions.

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