Haven’t lodged your 2016–17 tax return? You might get a FTB debt

31 August 2018

To avoid a Family Tax Benefit (FTB) debt, lodge your tax return or tell us you don’t need to.

If you got FTB in 2016–17, you needed to confirm your family income by 30 June 2018.  

If you haven’t done this, we’ll send you an Account Payable notice in September 2018. The notice will ask you to pay back the full amount of FTB you received for 2016–17. 

If you don’t take action, we’ll start recovering the amount you need to pay back. 

How to avoid a debt

You can avoid a debt by:

  • lodging your tax return for 2016–17 with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), or
  • telling us you don’t need to lodge one

You need to do this even if you only got FTB for part of the 2016-17 financial year.

If you have a partner we’ll also need their confirmed income. 

If you need to lodge a tax return

Lodge it as soon as possible. 

You don’t need to do anything else. We’ll get the information we need from the ATO once they process your return. Remember, this can take a few weeks, so lodge your tax return as soon as possible.

If you don’t need to lodge a tax return

Please tell us now. You can tell us by using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. In the app, go to Task and select Advise Non Lodgement of Tax Return from the Menu.

You can also tell us by using your Centrelink online account through myGov. Our step by step guide will help you advise non lodgement of tax return

If you don’t do anything

Your FTB payments will stop in November. We can’t pay you again until you:

  • lodge a tax return or tell us you don’t need to lodge one, or
  • pay the debt back in full

It’s important you talk to us if you’re worried about paying back a debt. We can work with you to manage your debt and set up a repayment plan you can afford.

More information

Find out if you need to lodge a tax return. Use the do I need to lodge a tax return tool on the ATO website.

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Page last updated: 31 August 2018