Tripling of the tax-free threshold

On 1 July 2012, the tax-free threshold was raised from $6,000 to $18,200. The tripling of the tax-free threshold means many individuals will pay less tax. It also means many individuals who earn $18,200 or less may no longer be required to lodge a tax return.

Information for Family Assistance recipients who don't need to lodge a tax return

On 1 July 2012, the tax-free threshold was raised from $6,000 to $18,200.

The tripling of the tax-free threshold means many individuals will pay less tax. It also means many individuals who earn $18,200 or less may no longer be required to lodge a tax return.

If you received Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Benefit

If you received Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Benefit during the 2012-2013 financial year (1 July 2012 - 30 June 2013) we will check your entitlement using your or your partner's income provided to us by the Australian Taxation Office after you lodge your tax return. If you are not required to lodge a tax return we need you to tell us your actual income. It is important you provide this information so that we can pay you the correct entitlements.

If you don't need to lodge a tax return

If your income estimate was less than $18,200 we will contact you via letter, email or sms and provide you with a One Time Access Code to help you tell us your end of year income.

The quickest and easiest way to do this is to use Self service.

  • if you are registered for online accounts, log on to your Centrelink online account as you normally would then go to Advise Non Lodgement of Tax Return
  • if you are not registered for online accounts, you can read information about One Time Access Codes on the Do you need to lodge a tax return? page. You can enter your Customer reference Number (CRN) and use the One Time Access Code we sent you via letter, email or sms to update your details

Once you have provided these details and we have accepted your declaration, we will be able to pay you your entitlements, including any additional payments you may be eligible for, such as the Family Tax Benefit supplements.

For more information go to the Family Tax Benefit page and click on the 'managing your payment' tab.

Make sure you update your details during the year

To make sure you receive the correct payments, you should let us know as soon as your circumstances change, such as starting or finishing work, separating or entering a new relationship or changing address. It's also important that you update your Family Income Estimate throughout the year, as soon as your income changes.

Child support

You may still be required to lodge a tax return for child support or other purposes. If you are not sure if this affects you, you should seek advice from the Australian Taxation Office.

More information

For more information about lodging a tax return go to the Australian Taxation Office website.

The tripling of the tax-free threshold is part of the Household Assistance Package.

The Household Assistance Package provides ongoing assistance to help eligible households with any impact from the carbon price on everyday expenses.

It includes:

  • tax cuts
  • increases in pensions, allowances and Centrelink payments including Family Tax Benefit

For more information, go to the Household Assistance Package page.

Page last updated: 25 May 2016