What families need to do at tax time

You can use our tax time tool if you got Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Subsidy or had a child support assessment in the 2022-23 financial year.

If you got Family Tax Benefit (FTB) or Child Care Subsidy (CCS) between 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023, you need to confirm your income. If you had a partner during this time, they’ll need to do this as well.

At the end of each financial year, we’ll compare your income estimate with your actual income. This is how we check you got the right amount. This is called balancing. Most families need to do something before we can balance their Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Subsidy.

1: Check what you need to do at tax time

You can use our tax time tool to understand what you need to do at tax time. You’ll need to answer some questions to see what you need to do.

2: Did you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) or Child Care Subsidy (CCS) in the 2022-23 financial year?

Answer yes if you chose to get your FTB fortnightly, including if you chose zero rate as your payment option. If you chose this option you won’t have got any FTB throughout the financial year. This is different to claiming as a lump sum.

3: Do you want to claim FTB as a lump sum?

You can’t claim CCS as a lump sum.

4: Do you need to lodge a tax return for the 2022-23 financial year?

Most parents who have a child support assessment need to lodge a tax return.

To check if you need to lodge a return, use the Do I need to lodge a tax return? tool. It’s available on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.

5: Were you single in the 2022-23 financial year?

If your relationship status changed during 2022-23, answer based on your current situation. If you answer no to this question, we’ll assume you’re partnered. You can read more about how we define relationships and your relationship changes.

6: Were you single in the 2022-23 financial year?

If your relationship status changed during 2022-23, answer based on your current situation.

If you answer no, we’ll assume you‘re partnered. You can read more about how we define relationships and your relationship changes.

7: Were you single for the entire 2022-23 financial year?

You should answer no if you had a partner at any time in this financial year.

8: Were you single for the entire 2022-23 financial year?

You should answer no if you had a partner at any time in this financial year.

9: Did you get an income support payment in the 2022-23 financial year?

An income support payment is a payment you get to help with the cost of living, such as Parenting Payment. Find out more about income support payments.

10: Did you get an income support payment in the 2022-23 financial year?

An income support payment is a payment you get to help with the cost of living, such as Parenting Payment. Find out more about income support payments.

11: Did you get an income support payment for the entire 2022-23 financial year?

You should answer no if you had any gaps in your payment. For example, if your payment was cancelled or reduced to zero because you earned income, that counts as a gap.

12: Did you get an income support payment for the entire 2022-23 financial year?

You should answer no if you had any gaps in your payment. For example, if your payment was cancelled or reduced to zero because you earned income, that counts as a gap.

13: Does your partner need to lodge a tax return for the 2022-23 financial year?

If you’re not sure, use the Do I need to lodge a tax return? tool. It’s available on the ATO website.

14: Does your partner need to lodge a tax return for the 2022-23 financial year?

If you’re not sure, use the Do I need to lodge a tax return? tool. It’s available on the ATO website.

15: Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy

If you don’t want to claim FTB as a lump sum, there’s nothing else you need to do. If you do want to claim it as a lump sum, you need to do this by 30 June 2024. If you don’t, you won't get any FTB for the 2022-23 financial year.

You can’t claim CCS as a lump sum.

If you’re looking for other assistance use our Payment and Service Finder.

16: Family Tax Benefit

You need to submit a lump sum claim. The deadline to claim FTB for the 2022-23 financial year is 30 June 2024. If your Centrelink online account is linked to myGov, sign in now to submit a claim.

Sign in to myGov

If you don’t have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you’ll need to create them.

You also need to confirm your income by lodging your tax return with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) by 30 June 2024. If you have a partner they’ll need to lodge a tax return too. If you or your partner don’t need to lodge, you can tell us your income in your claim.

To check if you need to lodge a return, use the ATO’s Do I need to lodge a tax return? tool.

17: Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy

You need to tell us if you’re not lodging a tax return. If you got CCS and you’ve already told the ATO that you are not lodging a tax return, you still need to tell us and confirm your income. Then, we can balance your payments.

If you have a myGov account that’s linked to Centrelink, sign in and tell us you don’t need to lodge now.

Sign into myGov

If you don’t have a Centrelink online account linked to myGov, you’ll need to set this up.

You can tell us using either your:

If you got Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, you must include this amount when you advise non lodgement and confirm your income.

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we may need your ex-partner’s income. If you have an ex-partner, read about how we balance your FTB payments and how we balance your CCS payments.

We balance FTB and CCS separately.

When we balance your FTB depends on when you get your final FTB payment for the financial year. Once you have confirmed your income, we can balance your FTB.

We start balancing CCS for 2022-23 from mid-August. However, we can only balance your CCS when we have your income and child care attendance information.

If you pay or receive child support

Most parents who have a child support assessment need to lodge a tax return. This helps us make sure your child support payments are correct.

18: We balance FTB and CCS separately

We balance FTB and CCS separately.

We'll balance your FTB automatically. We'll also check if you're eligible for any supplements. Find out when we’ll balance your FTB.

We start balancing CCS from mid-August. However we can only balance your CCS when we have your income and child care attendance information.

If you received CCS, you need to tell us if you’re not lodging a tax return. If you’ve already told the ATO, you still need to tell us and confirm your income. Then, we can balance your payments.

If you have a myGov account that’s linked to Centrelink, sign in and tell us you don't need to lodge now.

Sign into myGov

If you don’t have a Centrelink online account linked to myGov, you’ll need to set this up.

You can tell us using either your:

If you pay or receive child support

Most parents who have a child support assessment need to lodge a tax return. This helps us make sure your child support payments are correct.

19: Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy

Your partner needs to lodge their tax return so that we can balance your FTB payments and CCS payments. Find out how to lodge your tax return on the ATO website.

You need to tell us if you’re not lodging a tax return. If you got CCS and you’ve already told the ATO that you are not lodging a tax return, you still need to tell us and confirm your income. Then, we can balance your payments.

If you have a myGov account that’s linked to Centrelink, sign in and tell us you don't need to lodge now.

Sign into myGov

If you don’t have a Centrelink online account linked to myGov, you’ll need to set this up.

You can tell us using either your:

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we may need your ex-partner’s income. If you have an ex-partner, read about how we balance your FTB payments and how we balance your CCS payments.

We balance FTB and CCS separately.

When we balance your FTB depends on when you get your final FTB payment. Once we have all your family’s income, we can balance your FTB.

We start balancing CCS from mid-August. However, we can only balance your CCS when we have all your family’s income and child care attendance information.

If you pay or receive child support

Most parents who have a child support assessment need to lodge a tax return. This helps us make sure your child support payments are correct.

20: Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy

You will need to tell us if you and your partner don’t need to lodge a tax return. This is so we can balance your FTB payments and CCS payments. If you got CCS and you’ve already told the ATO that you are not lodging a tax return, you still need to tell us.

If you have a myGov account that’s linked to Centrelink, sign in and tell us you and your partner don’t need to lodge now.

Sign into myGov

If you don’t have a Centrelink online account linked to myGov, you’ll need to set this up.

You need to tell us using either your:

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we may need your ex-partner’s income. If you have an ex-partner, read about how we balance your FTB payments and how we balance your CCS payments.

We balance FTB and CCS separately.

When we balance your FTB depends on when you get your final FTB payment. Once we have all your family’s income, we can balance your FTB.

We start balancing CCS from mid-August. However, we can only balance your CCS when we have all your family’s income and child care attendance information.

If you pay or receive child support

Most parents who have a child support assessment need to lodge a tax return. This helps us make sure your child support payments are correct.

21: Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy

You and your partner both need to lodge a tax return so that we can balance your FTB payments and CCS payments. Find out how to lodge your tax return on the ATO website.

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we may need your ex-partner’s income. If you have an ex-partner, read about how we balance your FTB payments and how we balance your CCS payments.

We balance FTB and CCS separately.

When we balance your FTB depends on when you get your final FTB payment. Once the ATO sends us your and your partner’s income information, we can balance your FTB. This can take up to 28 days from when you get your notice of assessment.

We start balancing CCS from mid-August. However, we can only balance your CCS when we have all your family’s income and child care attendance information.

22: Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy

You need to lodge a tax return so we can balance your FTB payments and CCS payments. Find out how to lodge your tax return on the ATO website.

You also need to let us know if your partner doesn’t need to lodge a tax return, and confirm their income. If you got CCS, you need to tell us even if your partner has already told the ATO they don’t need to lodge a tax return.

If you have a myGov account that’s linked to Centrelink, sign in and tell us they don’t need to lodge now.

Sign into myGov

If you don’t have a Centrelink online account linked to myGov, you’ll need to set this up.

You need to tell us using either your:

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we may need your ex-partner’s income. If you have an ex-partner, read about how we balance your FTB payments and how we balance your CCS payments.

We balance FTB and CCS separately.

When we balance your FTB depends on when you get your final FTB payment. Once the ATO sends us your income information, we can balance your FTB.

We start balancing CCS from mid-August. However, we can only balance your CCS when we have all your family’s income and child care attendance information.

23: Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy

We balance FTB and CCS separately.

We’ll automatically balance your FTB. We’ll also check if you’re eligible for any supplements. Find out when we’ll balance your FTB.

We start balancing CCS from mid-August.

If you got CCS, you need to lodge your tax return so we can balance your subsidy. Find out how to lodge your tax return on the ATO website.

Once the ATO sends us your income information, we can balance your CCS. This balancing process can take up to 28 days from when you get your notice of assessment.

If you pay or receive child support

Most parents who have a child support assessment need to lodge a tax return. This helps us make sure your child support payments are correct.

24: Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy

You need to lodge your tax return so we can balance your FTB payments and CCS payments. Find out how to lodge your tax return on the ATO website.

If you separated from a partner during the financial year, we may need your ex-partner’s income. If you have an ex-partner, read about how we balance your FTB payments and how we balance your CCS payments.

We balance FTB and CCS separately.

When we balance your FTB depends on when you get your final FTB payment. Once the ATO sends us your income information, we can balance your FTB. This can take up to 28 days from when you get your notice of assessment.

We’ll start balancing your CCS from mid-August 2023. However, we can only balance your CCS when we have your income and child care attendance information.

If you pay or receive child support

If you have a child support assessment and you pay or receive child support, you need to lodge a tax return. Most parents who have a child support assessment need to lodge a tax return. This helps us make sure your child support payments are correct.

Page last updated: 24 May 2024.
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