Australians pay tax so the government can provide important services to the community, including access to hospitals, welfare, allowances, schools, roads, national parks and even your local swimming pool.
When you pay tax, your contributions are invested in the community and benefit everyone.
What is a tax return?
- A tax return is information you provide to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) about your annual income and other details so they can work out how much tax is payable.
- If you have paid too much tax you may be entitled to a refund.
- If you're an Australian resident, the first $6000 you earn each year is tax free - it's called the tax-free threshold.