Time limits for lump sum claims and confirming income for Family Tax Benefit

You have 1 year from the end of the financial year to confirm your family income for Family Tax Benefit (FTB) or claim FTB as a lump sum.

What are the time limits for 2019-20

You had until 30 June 2021 to:

  • confirm your family income for the 2019-20 financial year
  • claim FTB as a lump sum for the 2019-20 financial year.

You and your partner needed to confirm your income if you got FTB during the 2019-20 financial year. This is part of balancing your payment.

If you didn’t confirm your family income, you may have missed out on top ups and supplements. You may also get a debt and have to repay the amount you got during the financial year. If you got FTB and you don’t confirm your family income, we’ll send you a Family Tax Benefit Account Payable notice. If you got Child Care Subsidy (CCS) as well and don’t confirm your family income, we’ll send you a separate letter.

There are different time limits for how long you have to confirm your income for CCS.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) may extend the due date for lodgement of your and your partner’s tax return. This won't change the time limits for FTB. You still need to confirm your family income with us by our time limits so we can balance your FTB.

You should call the Families line if there were special circumstances that stopped you or your partner from either:

  • confirming your family income before the deadline
  • lodging an FTB lump sum claim before the deadline.

What are the time limits for 2020-21

You have until 30 June 2022 to:

  • confirm your family income for the 2020-21 financial year
  • claim FTB as a lump sum for the 2020-21 financial year.

You may miss out on payments if you don’t.

We use this information to balance your FTB.

You and your partner need to confirm your income if either of the following apply:

  • you got FTB during the 2020-21 financial year
  • you’re claiming FTB as a lump sum for the 2020-21 financial year.

If you didn’t get FTB during the 2020-21 financial year, you can claim it as a lump sum. You can also submit a lump sum claim for Single Income Family Supplement (SIFS).

The ATO may extend the due date for lodgement of your and your partner’s tax return. This won't change the time limits for FTB. You still need to confirm your family income with us by our time limits so we can balance your FTB.

Call the Families line if there are special circumstances stopping you or your partner from doing this before the deadline.

How to claim FTB as a lump sum

The quickest and best way to submit a lump sum claim is online. You can claim using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

If you can't start your claim online, you can use the form. Complete the Claim for an annual lump sum payment of FTB for the 2020-21 financial year.

How to confirm your family income

You can confirm your family income by either:

  • you and your partner lodging a tax return with the ATO
  • telling us you or your partner don’t need to lodge and confirming your income with us.

If you or your partner don’t need to lodge, you can tell us by either:

Page last updated: 1 July 2021