Family Tax Benefit

Examples to help you balance family assistance

What you need to do to balance your family assistance payments depends on your circumstances.

At tax time, everyone has to do different things to balance their payments. We’ve put together the 9 most common examples to help you understand what you need to do.

These examples don't cover every different situation. Use our Tax Time Checker to help you find out which examples relate to you.

Your only payment is Child Care Rebate

You don’t need to do anything. We’ll balance your payment automatically. You don't need to contact us.

We’ll start balancing your child care payments from 23 July 2018. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We’ll usually finalise your payment within 2 weeks.

We’ll send you a letter once we balance your payment.

Examples if you were single

Please read the example below that relates to your situation.

You were single and receiving an income support payment for all of 2017-18

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You don’t need to do anything if you:

  • received an income support payment for the entire 2017-18 financial year, and
  • had no breaks in your payment

We’ll balance your payments automatically. We'll also assess if you're eligible for any supplements. You’ll only be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement if your income is $80,000 or less.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

The date we'll balance your payments depends on when you receive your final FTB payment for the 2017-18 financial year. Find out when your payments will be balanced.

When we'll assess your child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from 23 July 2018. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You were single and don’t need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You need to tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income.

You can do this from 3 July 2018 using your:

You only need to tell us once for both Child Care Benefit and Family Tax Benefit. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

We'll also assess if you're eligible for any supplements. You’ll only be eligible for FTB Part A supplement if your income is $80,000 or less.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

You’ll receive your final FTB payment for 2017-18 between 4 and 17 July 2018. Once you receive this final payment and  confirm your income, we’ll balance your payments. If you're eligible, within 7 days you should receive any:

  • FTB supplements
  • top up payments, or
  • both

If we need more information, we’ll ask you through your online account. In these circumstances, it will take us longer to balance your payments.

When we'll assess your child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from 23 July 2018. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You were single and need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You should lodge a tax return as soon as possible. Once you’ve lodged your tax return you don’t need to do anything else.

We'll also assess if you're eligible for any supplements. You’ll only be eligible for FTB Part A supplement if your income is $80,000 or less.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

Once you’ve lodged your tax return, the ATO will send us your income information. This can take up to 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment. Once we have this information, we’ll balance your family payments.

When we'll assess your child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from 23 July 2018. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We also need your actual income details from the ATO. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

Examples if you had a partner

Please read the example below that relates to your situation.

You and your partner both don’t need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You and your partner need to tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income.

You can do this from 3 July 2018 using your:

You only need to tell us once for both Child Care Benefit and Family Tax Benefit. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

You’ll receive your final FTB payment for 2017-18 between 4 and 17 July 2018. Once you get this final payment and confirm your income, we’ll balance your payments. If you're eligible, within 7 days you should receive any:

  • FTB supplements
  • top up payments, or
  • both

You’ll only be eligible for FTB Part A supplement if your income is $80,000 or less.

If we need more information, we’ll ask you through your online account. In these circumstances, it will take us longer to balance your payments.

When we'll assess your child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from 23 July 2018. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You and your partner need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You should both lodge your tax returns as soon as possible. Once you’ve lodged your tax returns you don’t need to do anything else.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

Once you and your partner have lodged your tax returns, the ATO will send us your income information. This can take up to 28 days from when you receive your Notices of Assessment. Once we have this information, we’ll balance your family payments.

When we'll assess your child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from 23 July 2018. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We also need your and your partner’s actual income details from the ATO. Once we have these details, we’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

Your partner needs to lodge a tax return, but you don’t

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You need to tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income.

You can do this from 3 July 2018 using your:

You only need to tell us once for both Child Care Benefit and Family Tax Benefit. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

Your partner needs to lodge their tax return. They won’t need to call or do anything else.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

Once your partner has lodged their tax return, the ATO will send us their income information. This can take up to 28 days from when your partner receives their Notice of Assessment. Once we have this information, we’ll balance your family payments.

When we'll assess your child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from 23 July 2018. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider.

We also need:

  • your partner’s actual income details from the ATO, and
  • confirmation that you don’t need to lodge a tax return 

We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You need to lodge a tax return, but your partner doesn’t

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You need to lodge your tax return.

You’ll also need to confirm your partner’s income. You may be able to do this from 3 July 2018 via your Centrelink online account through myGov. If this option isn’t available, your partner will need to provide this information to us directly.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

Once you’ve lodged your tax return, the ATO will send us your income information. This can take up to 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment. Once we have this information, we’ll balance your family payments.

When we'll assess your child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from 23 July 2018. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider.

We also need:

  • your actual income details from the ATO, and
  • confirmation that your partner doesn’t need to lodge a tax return

We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You want to claim family assistance or child care payments for 2017-18

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You need to submit a lump sum claim for the 2017-18 financial year for:

The best way to do this is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov after 1 July 2018.

When you claim CCB we’ll also assess your eligibility for Child Care Rebate (CCR). You'll need to submit a claim for CCB to have your CCR assessed. This applies even if your income is too high to receive CCB.

The 2017–18 financial year is the last time we’ll balance CCB and CCR payments. From 2 July 2018, the current child care payments we offer will stop. The new Child Care Subsidy will start.

Before we assess your payments

You need to:

  • submit a lump sum claim, and
  • lodge a tax return or tell us you don’t need to lodge

This applies to both you and your partner.

You have until 30 June 2019 to submit a lump sum claim and confirm your income for FTB.

When you claim CCB as a lump sum, you’ll also get any CCR you’re eligible for as a lump sum. You have until 30 June 2019 to submit a lump sum claim for CCB and CCR.

You don’t need to contact us. We’ll send you a letter once we process your payment.

Page last updated: 2 July 2018