Time Limits for Family Assistance Payments

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If you want to claim family assistance payments for the 2014 financial year, you must lodge a claim with the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) by 30 June 2015 to be eligible.


This deadline applies to taxpayers who intend to lodge a claim for:

  • Family Tax Benefit
  • Child Care Benefit
  • Single Income Family Supplement (SIFS).


Income tax lodgments also required


Taxpayers must also lodge their 2014 Individual income tax return by 30 June 2015 to receive their full Family Tax Benefit and SIFS entitlements.


This applies to payments that are a lump sum payment, as well as when payments have been received throughout the year.


Taxpayers who do not need to lodge an income tax return for the 2014 financial year, must notify Centrelink by 30 June 2015.


A delay in lodging after 30 June 2015 (even by one day) will result in not being paid your full Family Assistance entitlements by Centrelink.


BEWARE:  A deferral past 30 June for tax matters is not taken into account by Centrelink!


If a lodgement time deferral for the 2014 Income Tax Return has been granted by the ATO, this does not change the Centrelink Family Assistance lodgement requirements.




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