Your options and obligations for Family Tax Benefit.
In this section
Your family income estimate
We use your family income estimate to work out how much family assistance to pay you.
You can choose how you receive Family Tax Benefit if you claim it fortnightly.
Balancing your family assistance payments
We compare your income estimate with your actual income at the end of each financial year. This is to make sure we pay you the correct amount of Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Benefit.
Examples to help you balance family assistance
What you need to do to balance your family assistance payments depends on your circumstances.
Tax time checker
Use our Tax Time Checker to see what you need to do at tax time.
Time limits for lump sum claims and confirming income
You have 1 year to submit a lump sum claim for family assistance and confirm your income for that financial year.
Balancing dates for single income support customers
If you were single and receiving an income support payment for the whole 2017-18 financial year, we’ll balance your family assistance payments automatically.
Your relationship status
If you’re a member of a couple, it can affect what payments you can get and your payment rate.