Family Tax Benefit and Child Care assistance - realignment of time period for income reconciliation

From the 2012-13 entitlement year onwards, families will have one year instead of two years to make a lump sum claim or confirm their income for Family Tax Benefit, or make a lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit.

Description of the measure

From the 2012-13 entitlement year onwards, families will have one year instead of two years to:

  • make a lump sum claim or confirm their income for Family Tax Benefit, or
  • make a lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit.

For example, for the 2012-13 entitlement year, customers will have up to 30 June 2014 to lodge a lump sum claim or confirm their income.

Child Care Rebate will also be affected where families are claiming Child Care Benefit as a lump sum claim.

Extensions to the new one year lodgement period may be granted for families in unusual and exceptional circumstances. 

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure applies to families who receive:

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A and/or Part B fortnightly payments
  • Family Tax Benefit, and/or Child Care Benefit as a lump sum claim.

Child Care Rebate will also be affected where families are claiming Child Care Benefit as a lump sum claim.

Am I eligible for this measure?

Changes to the lodgement time frames will be automatically made from the 2012-13 entitlement year onwards to all affected families. 

This means families will need to comply with the new claim lodgement and income confirmation requirements to ensure they receive their full family assistance entitlements. That is, families will now have one year to:

  • lodge their lump sum claims for Family Tax Benefit
  • meet claim and/or tax lodgements requirements to receive Family Tax Benefit top-ups and supplements
  • get their child immunised and/or receive age appropriate health checks in order to qualify for their end of year Family Tax Benefit supplement
  • notify of school commencement to be eligible for Schoolkids Bonus
  • meet claim and/or tax lodgements requirements for payment of Single Income Family Supplement and
  • lodge their lump sum claims for Child Care Benefit.

When will this measure start and finish?

This is an ongoing measure and applies to the 2012-13 entitlement year onwards.

Changes to the lodgement timeframes will be automatically made from the 2012-13 entitlement year onwards to all affected families. 

Page last updated: 9 March 2016

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