It’s nearly tax time and once you’ve gathered together all your income information, receipts and bank statements, your thoughts will turn to how to lodge your tax return. If this is your first time lodging a return – perhaps because you’ve just entered the workforce, after school or uni maybe, or you’re a new arrival in Australia - the process could be particularly stressful. So what are your options?

Use an accountant

About 74% of people who lodge a tax return choose to do so through an accountant or tax agent and it’s not difficult to understand why. Tax is a complex business and many people prefer to leave it to the experts to get the best possible refund when tax time comes. After all, do you understand all the deductions that you’re entitled to claim? You might have been claiming for the same items for years but the chances are there are less well-known deductions you many know nothing about. Accountants are good at spotting those opportunities. You can also rely on your accountant to complete the return accurately and fast. And best of all, the fee your accountant charges you is itself tax deductible.

Make sure your accountant is registered with the Tax Practitioners Board to see if your accountant is above-board). Your most convenient option might be to have a chat to your local H&R Block office – we have 470 offices nationwide, so the chances are there will be one near you. Find an office and book an appointment online.

Instead of coming into an office, we can also lodge your tax return for you online. Check out H&R Block's Assisted online tax return service.

Lodge yourself

The other 26% of lodgers choose the “do-it-yourself” option.You can lodge your tax online with H&R Block. Simply answer the questions online, review your results, then authorise H&R Block to lodge your online tax return with the ATO. Our software is easy-to-use for all types of tax returns and you can finish your tax return in as little as 10 minutes. Get started

Tax checklist

Get ready for to lodge your tax return with our tax checklist.

Deadlines

If you’re a self-lodger, you must lodge your return by 31 October 2017.

If you use an agent, you can lodge later, possibly as late as 15 May 2018. To take advantage of those extended deadlines, you need to be registered as a client of the agent by 31 October 2017.

Once you’ve lodged your return, typically allow up to 2 weeks for the ATO to process and pay your refund. They don’t send cheques anymore; you’ll need to nominate a bank account when you lodge your return and you’ll get your refund paid in by EFT in due course.

Book a tax return appointment

We will help you get your maximum tax refund. Find an office near you and book an appointment online.

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Do-it-yourself online tax return

Our online DIY tax return program, will guide you through your return with easy to understand tips and help. It's an online tax return done in under 10 minutes. You complete it, we check it.

Start now

Book a tax return appointment

We will help you get your maximum tax refund. Find an office near you and book an appointment online.

Book now

Do-it-yourself online tax return

Our online DIY tax return program, will guide you through your return with easy to understand tips and help. It's an online tax return done in under 10 minutes. You complete it, we check it.

Start now