Tax time

What you need to do to make sure you are paid the right amount at the end of each financial year and information to help prepare your tax return.

We balance your family assistance payments at the start of each financial year. Use our Tax Time Checker to see what you need to do.

Tax Time Checker for family assistance

The Tax Time Checker provides general information to help you understand what we require from you at the end of the financial year for family assistance and child support. The results will be based on the information you provide and may not be accurate if your circumstances change.

Once you submit the form, content will be revealed under the your results heading after this form.

Your results

You've answered that you were single for the entire year and have a partner. Please review your answers and try again.

You've answered that you receive Child Care Benefit as a lump sum and received Child Care Rebate fortnightly or quarterly. Please review your answers and try again.

You've answered that you receive Child Care Rebate as a lump sum and received Child Care Benefit as a fee reduction or deferred payment. Please review your answers and try again.

These results are based on the information you told us. If you need to find out more about your payment or benefit, use your online account or read more about Family Tax Benefit and child care assistance. You can also ask questions at Family Update on Facebook.

For any tax related questions please contact the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Family Tax Benefit

You've told us you receive Family Tax Benefit fortnightly or have deferred your payment until after the end of the financial year and you do need to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

You don't need to do anything. We'll balance your payments automatically. We’ll also assess if you’re eligible for any supplement payments. You’ll only be eligible for FTB Part A supplement if your income is $80,000 or less.

Find out when your payments will be balanced.

You need to lodge a tax return for tax purposes. You need to lodge a tax return for tax purposes. You don’t need to declare FTB or child care payments as income. You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO onine account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

Tell us about your income

You need to lodge your tax return by 30 June 2018 so we can balance your payments.

We use details from the ATO to work out the amount of family assistance you're eligible for. You don’t need to declare FTB or child care payments as income.

You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

Once you’ve lodged your tax return, we’ll receive your income details automatically from the ATO. We‘ll usually be able to balance your payments within 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

There's nothing else you need to do and there's no need to call. Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

You and your partner should lodge a tax return as soon as possible so we can balance your payments.

We use details from the ATO to work out the amount of family assistance you're eligible for. You don’t need to declare FTB or child care payments as income.

You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

Once you’ve lodged your tax return, we’ll receive your income details automatically from the ATO. We‘ll usually be able to balance your payments within 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

There's nothing else you need to do and there's no need to call. Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

You've told us you want to receive Family Tax Benefit as a lump sum and you do need to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

You need to submit a lump sum claim for Family Tax Benefit by 30 June 2018 to receive family assistance for 2016-17. The best way is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You also need to lodge your tax return by 30 June 2018. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You and your partner also need to lodge your tax returns. We'll receive your income details from the ATO. We need this information before we can work out what family assistance your're eligible to receive. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

Read more about claiming Family Tax Benefit.

Outcome of claim

You don't need to do anything else. Once we've received your income details directly from the ATO and processed your claim, we'll let you know what assistance you're eligible to receive. The amount you'll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

You don't need to do anything else. Once we've received your and your partner's income details directly from the ATO and processed your claim, we'll let you know what assistance you're eligible to receive. The amount you'll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

You've told us you receive Family Tax Benefit fortnightly or have deferred your payment until after the end of the financial year and you don't need to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

You don't need to do anything. We'll balance your payments automatically. 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.

Find out when your payments will be balanced.

Tell us you don't need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income for the year 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 also need your partner's income details. You may be able to provide this information using your Centrelink online account through myGov. If you can’t, your partner will need to give their details to us.

There's nothing else you need to do and there's no need to call. Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

You've told us you want to receive Family Tax Benefit as a lump sum and you don't need to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

You’ll receive your final FTB payment for 2016-17 between 4 and 17 July 2017. Once you’ve received your final FTB payment, you can submit your lump sum claim.

You need to submit a lump sum claim for Family Tax Benefit by 30 June 2018 to receive family assistance for 2016-17. The best way is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

As part of the claim, you can let us know you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your family income. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

Read more about claiming Family Tax Benefit.

Outcome of claim

You don't need to do anything else. Once we've processed your claim, we'll let you know what assistance you're eligible to receive. The amount you'll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

You've told us you receive Family Tax Benefit fortnightly or have deferred your payment until after the end of the financial year and only one of you needs to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

Only you need to lodge a tax return

You need to lodge your tax return by 30 June 2018. We can only balance your payments once we receive this information from the ATO. We use these details to work out the amount of family assistance you're eligible for. You don’t need to declare FTB or child care payments as income.

We’ll usually be able to balance your payments within 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

Tell us about your income

We also need your partner’s income details. You may be able to give us these details using your Centrelink online account through myGov. If you can’t, your partner will need to give their details to us.

Only your partner needs to lodge a tax return

You’ll receive your final FTB payment for 2016-17 between 4 and 17 July 2017. Once you’ve received your final FTB payment, you need to tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income.

You can do this using your:

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

Tell us about your income

We'll need your partner's income details as well. They'll need to lodge their tax return because we can only balance your payments once we receive this information from the ATO.

We’ll usually be able to balance your payments within 28 days from when your partner receives their Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

There's nothing else you need to do and there's no need to call. Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

You've told us you want to receive Family Tax Benefit as a lump sum and only one of you needs to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

You’ll receive your final FTB payment for 2016-17 between 4 and 17 July 2017. Once you’ve received your final FTB payment, you need to confirm your income.

You also need to submit a lump sum claim for Family Tax Benefit by 30 June 2018 to receive family assistance for 2016-17. The best way is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You’ll need to lodge your tax return by 30 June 2018. We’ll receive your income details from the ATO. We need this information before we can work out what family assistance you're eligible to receive.

As part of the claim, you can let us know your partner doesn’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm their income. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

Your partner will need to lodge a tax return by 30 June 2018. We’ll receive their income details from the ATO. We need this information before we can work out what family assistance you're eligible to receive.

As part of the claim, you can let us know you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

Outcome of claim

You don’t need to do anything else. We will begin your claim when we’ve received your income details from the ATO. Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible to receive. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

We’ll usually be able to finalise your payments within 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

There’s nothing else you need to do and there’s no need to call. Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.


We will begin your claim when we’ve received your and your partner’s income details from the ATO. Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible to receive. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

We’ll usually be able to finalise your payments within 28 days from when you and your partner have received your Notices of Assessment from the ATO.

Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

Child Care Benefit

You've told us you receive Child Care Benefit via fee reduction or have deferred your payment until after the end of the financial year and you do need to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

We’ll begin balancing your payments from Monday 24 July 2017 when we have attendance records from your provider.

You’ll still need to lodge a tax return for tax purposes. You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

Lodge a tax return as soon as possible so we can balance your payments.

You and your partner should lodge a tax return as soon as possible so we can balance your payments.

We use details from the ATO to work out the amount of family assistance you're eligible to receive. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

There’s nothing else you need to do and there’s no need to call. Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

You've told us you want to receive Child Care Benefit as a lump sum and you do need to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

You need to submit a lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit by 30 June 2018 to receive it for 2016-17. The quickest and easiest way is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You also need to lodge your tax return.

You and your partner also need to lodge your tax returns. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

Outcome of claim

You don’t need to do anything else. We’ll begin your claim when we’ve received your income details from the ATO. Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible for. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

You don’t need to do anything else. We’ll begin your claim when we’ve received your and your partner’s income details from the ATO. Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible to receive. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

Once we have attendance records from your child care provider, we’ll usually be able to finalise your payments within 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

When you claim Child Care Benefit as a lump sum payment, you'll also receive any Child Care Rebate you're eligible for as a lump sum.

Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

You've told us you receive Child Care Benefit via fee reduction or have deferred your payment until after the end of the financial year and you don't need to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

You don’t need to do anything. We’ll begin balancing your payments from Monday 24 July 2017 when we have attendance records from your provider.

Tell us you don't need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income for the year 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 also need your partner's income details. You may be able to provide this information using your online account. If this option is not available, your partner will need to provide the information to us directly.

There's nothing else you need to do and there's no need to call. Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

You've told us you want to receive Child Care Benefit as a lump sum and you don't need to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

You need to submit a lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit by 30 June 2018 to receive it for 2016-17. The best way is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

As part of the claim, you can let us know you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your family income. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

Outcome of claim

You don’t need to do anything else. Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible to receive. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

WWhen you claim Child Care Benefit for approved child care annually as a lump sum payment, you’ll receive any Child Care Rebate you’re eligible for as a lump sum along with any Child Care Benefit.

You've told us you receive Child Care Benefit via fee reduction or have deferred your payment until after the end of the financial year and only one of you needs to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

We’ll begin balancing your payments from Monday 24 July 2017 when we have attendance records from your provider.

You need to lodge your tax return by 30 June 2018. We can only balance your payments once we receive this information. We use your tax return and information from your provider to work out the amount of family assistance you're eligible to receive. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

We'll need your partner's income details as well. You can tell us via your Centrelink online account through myGov. If you can’t, your partner will need to give their details to us.

We’ll begin balancing your payments from Monday 24 July 2017 when we have attendance records from your provider.

Tell us you don't need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income for the year 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 also need your partner’s income details. They’ll need to lodge their tax return because we can only balance your payments once we receive this information from the ATO.

You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

Once we have attendance records from your child care provider, we’ll usually be able to finalise your payments within 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO. There’s nothing else you need to do and there’s no need to call. Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

You've told us you want to receive Child Care Benefit as a lump sum and only one of you needs to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

You need to submit a lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit by 30 June 2018 to receive it for 2016-17. The best way is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

As part of the claim, you can let us know your partner doesn’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm their income. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You’ll need to lodge a tax return. We’ll receive your income details from the ATO. We need this information before we can work out what assistance you're eligible for.

As part of the claim, you can let us know you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income.

Your partner will need to lodge a tax return. We’ll receive their income details from the ATO. We need this information before we can work out what family assistance you're eligible for.

Outcome of claim

We’ll begin your claim when we’ve received your and your partner’s income details from the ATO. Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible to receive. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

We’ll begin your claim when we’ve received your and your partner’s income details from the ATO. Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible to receive. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

Once we have attendance records from your child care provider, we’ll usually be able to balance your payments within 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO. When you claim Child Care Benefit for approved child care annually as a lump sum payment, you’ll receive any Child Care Rebate you’re eligible for as a lump sum along with any Child Care Benefit.

Read more about what happens after we balance your payments.

Child Care Rebate

You've told us you receive Child Care Rebate fortnightly or quarterly and you do need to lodge a tax return

Once we balance your Child Care Benefit, we’ll be able to confirm the amount of your rebate.

Child Care Rebate isn’t income tested. You don’t need to do anything to balance your payments.

You don’t need to contact us. We’ll send you a letter about your Child Care Rebate payments.

You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income on your tax return.

You've told us you want to receive Child Care Rebate as a lump sum and you do need to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

To claim Child Care Rebate for 2016-17 as an annual payment, you need to submit a lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit by 30 June 2018. Even if your income is too high to receive Child Care Benefit, you still need to submit a claim for Child Care Benefit to have your Child Care Rebate paid.

The best way to claim is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You also need to lodge your tax return. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You and your partner also need to lodge your tax returns. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

Outcome of claim

We’ll begin your claim when we’ve received your income details from the ATO. Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible to receive. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

You've told us you receive Child Care Rebate fortnightly or quarterly and you don't need to lodge a tax return

Once we balance your Child Care Benefit, we’ll be able to confirm the amount of your rebate.

Child Care Rebate isn't income tested. You don't need to do anything to balance your payments.

Child Care Rebate isn’t income tested. You don’t need to do anything to balance your payments.

You don't need to contact us. We'll send you a letter about your Child Care Rebate payments.

You've told us you want to receive Child Care Rebate as a lump sum and you don't need to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

To claim Child Care Rebate for 2016-17 as an annual payment, you need to submit a lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit by 30 June 2018. The best way is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

As part of the claim, you can let us know you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your family income. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

Outcome of claim

Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible to receive. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

You've told us you receive Child Care Rebate fortnightly or quarterly and only one of you needs to lodge a tax return

Once we balance your Child Care Benefit, we’ll be able to confirm the amount of your rebate.

Child Care Rebate isn't income tested. You don't need to do anything to balance your payments.

When your partner lodges their tax return, we’ll receive their income details from the ATO. We need this information before we can work out what family assistance you can receive. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You will need to lodge your tax return. We’ll receive your income details from the ATO. We need this information before we can work out what assistance you can receive. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You don't need to contact us. We'll send you a letter about your Child Care Rebate payments.

You've told us you want to receive Child Care Rebate as a lump sum and only one of you needs to lodge a tax return
What you need to do

To claim Child Care Rebate for 2017-17 as an annual payment, you need to submit a lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit by 30 June 2018. Even if your income is too high to receive Child Care Benefit, you still need to submit a claim for Child Care Benefit to have your Child Care Rebate paid.

The quickest and easiest way to claim is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

As part of the claim, you can let us know your partner doesn’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm their income. You’ll need to lodge a tax return. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

Outcome of claim

We’ll begin your claim when we’ve received your income details from the ATO. Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible to receive. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.

As part of the claim, you can let us know you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income. Your partner will need to lodge a tax return. They don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

We’ll begin your claim when we’ve received your partner’s income details from the ATO. Once we process your claim, we’ll let you know what assistance you’re eligible to receive. The amount you’ll receive depends on your family income and circumstances.


Once we have attendance information from your child care provider, we can balance your payments within 28 days. The 28 days start when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

Child Support

If your partner or you pay any child support for a child from a previous relationship, this amount will be deducted from your adjusted taxable income when we assess your family assistance payments. This includes child support we collect, private maintenance and non-cash maintenance.

Sometimes you can receive more than the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A. This applies when you or your partner are eligible for:

  • child support, or
  • spousal maintenance

A maintenance income test may also apply. Read more about child support and your Family Tax Benefit Part A.

You've told us you receive or pay child support and don't need to lodge a tax return

You need to confirm your income with Child Support as soon as possible to ensure your assessment is accurate.

You can do this by completing the child support income declaration form online using your Child Support online account through myGov.

You've told us you receive or pay child support and need to lodge a tax return

Tell Child Support what your taxable income is as soon as possible so your assessment is accurate. You can do this by completing the child support income declaration form online using your Child Support online account through myGov. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

You've told us you receive or pay child support and only one of you needs to lodge a tax return

Tell Child Support what your taxable income is as soon as possible so your assessment is accurate. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

You can do this by completing the child support income declaration form online using your Child Support online account through myGov.

You can lodge tax returns online using myTax. You must link your ATO online account to myGov to do so. Read more about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

You don't receive Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate or receive or pay child support

This tool is only for customers who receive family assistance. If you don’t claim Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate, you don’t need to use this tool.

If you haven’t received any family assistance payments, but think you might be eligible for Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate, you have until 30 June 2018 to submit your lump sum claim for the 2016-17 financial year.

The quickest and best way to submit a lump sum claim for Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Benefit is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017