Examples if you were partnered in 2020-21

If you had a partner in 2020-21, these examples can help you work out what to do so we can balance your payments.

If you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) or Child Care Subsidy (CCS) we balance your payments at the end of the financial year. FTB and CCS are family assistance payments.

Not everyone has to do the same thing for us to balance these payments. What you need to do depends on your situation. We’ve put together some common examples to help you understand what you need to do.

You only got Child Care Subsidy

What you need to do

You and your partner need to confirm your income before we can balance your CCS. You can do this by either:

  • lodging a tax return
  • telling us you don’t need to lodge, and confirming your income.

You need to do this by 30 June 2022. Read more about time limits for confirming your income for CCS.

If you don’t need to lodge, you can let us know and confirm your and your partner’s income using either your:

We have online guides to help you with this. Use our guides to either:

You need to tell us your income even if you’ve already told the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) you don’t need to lodge. We can’t balance your CCS until you tell us too.

We need both your and your partner’s incomes confirmed before we can balance your payments.

When we'll balance your Child Care Subsidy

We’ll start balancing your CCS from mid-August 2021, once we confirm your family’s income and child care attendance information. Read more about when we’ll balance your CCS.

Neither of you need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do

You and your partner need to confirm your income before we can balance your payments. Do this by telling us you both don’t need to lodge a tax return. You can do this from 1 July 2021.

You can let us know and confirm your and your partner’s income using either your:

We have online guides to help you with this. Use our guides to either:

You only need to tell us once for both FTB and CCS. You don’t need to include FTB or CCS as income.

You need to tell us your income even if you’ve already told the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) you don’t need to lodge. We can’t balance your CCS until you tell us too.

When we'll balance your FTB and CCS

We balance FTB and CCS separately.

When we balance your FTB depends on when:

  • you get your final FTB payment
  • you confirm your and your partner’s income.

We’ll start balancing your CCS from mid-August 2021, once we confirm your family’s income and child care attendance information. Read more about when we’ll balance your FTB and balance your CCS.

You both need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do

You and your partner need to confirm your income before we balance your FTB and balance your CCS. You can do this by lodging a tax return from 1 July 2021.

You can both lodge your tax returns online. Read about how to lodge online on the ATO website.

Once you and your partner have lodged your tax returns, you don’t need to do anything else. We will get the income information from the ATO.

When we'll balance your FTB and CCS

We balance FTB and CCS separately. To balance your FTB, you and your partner need to lodge your tax returns. Once the ATO sends us your income information, we can balance your FTB. This can take up to 28 days from when both you and your partner get your Notice of Assessment. This timeframe applies to each of you. This means if you lodge your tax return at different times, it may take longer.

We’ll start balancing your CCS from mid-August 2021, once we confirm your family’s income and child care attendance information. Read more about when we’ll balance your FTB and balance your CCS.

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

What you need to do

You and your partner need to confirm your income before we can balance your FTB and balance your CCS. Tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income. You can do this from 1 July 2021.

You can let us know and confirm your income using either your:

We have online guides to help you with this. Use our guides to either:

You only need to tell us once for both FTB and CCS. You don’t need to include FTB or CCS as income.

You need to tell us your income even if you’ve already told the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) you don’t need to lodge. We can’t balance your CCS until you tell us too.

We also need your partner’s income details. Your partner can lodge their tax return online. Read about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

Once they’ve lodged their tax return, they don’t need to do anything else. We will get the income information from the ATO.

When we'll balance your FTB and CCS

We balance FTB and CCS separately. When we balance your FTB depends on when:

  • you confirm your income

  • the ATO sends us your partner’s income information, which can take up to 28 days from when they get their Notice of Assessment.

We’ll start balancing your CCS from mid-August 2021, once we confirm your family’s income and child care attendance information. Read more about when we’ll balance your FTB and balance your CCS.

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

What you need to do

You and your partner need to confirm your income before we can balance your payments. You can do this by lodging a tax return from 1 July 2021.

You can lodge your tax return online. Read about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

You can tell us if your partner doesn’t need to lodge a tax return, and confirm their income. You can do this using either your:

You can do this from 1 July 2021.

We have online guides to help you with this. Use our guides to either:

You need to tell us your partner’s income even if they have already told the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) they don’t need to lodge. We can’t balance your CCS until you tell us too.

When we'll balance your FTB and CCS

We balance FTB and CCS separately. When we balance your FTB depends on when:

  • you confirm your partners income
  • the ATO sends us your income information which can take up to 28 days from when you get your Notice of Assessment.

We’ll start balancing your CCS from mid-August 2021, once we confirm your family’s income and child care attendance information. Read more about when we’ll balance your FTB and balance your CCS.

You want to claim Family Tax Benefit for 2020-21

What you need to do

You need to submit a lump sum claim for FTB and confirm your income. This is so we can check if you were eligible for FTB in 2020-21. You can lodge a lump sum claim for FTB using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You need to confirm your family income before we can finalise your claim. You have until 30 June 2022 to submit a lump sum claim for FTB and do one of the following:

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

Your partner will also need to lodge a tax return or you will need to tell us they don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm their income.

If you need to lodge a tax return, you can do this online. Read about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

If you don’t need to lodge a tax return you can tell us and confirm your income when you claim.

You can tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income using either your:

We have online guides to help you with this. Use our guides to either:

When we balance your FTB we’ll check if you’re eligible for any supplements. This includes:

You can’t claim CCS as a lump sum.

Page last updated: 6 July 2021