You must declare Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment as taxable income

21 June 2022

Learn how to declare Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment (PLDP) in your income tax return for the 2021-22 year.

PLDP won’t appear on your Centrelink payment summary and it won’t be prefilled in your income tax return. This means you must do both of the following:

  • add all PLDP amounts you got for any periods between 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022
  • include the total amount in your 2021-22 income tax return.

How you do this depends on how you lodge your tax return.

If you lodge online using myTax, declare it under Australian Government special payments.

If you lodge by paper, declare it in question 24 in other income.

If you use a registered tax agent to lodge, ask them to include it in your tax return.

To check how much PLDP you got, read the letter sent to you in either:

  • the post
  • your Centrelink online account through myGov.

If you get family assistance payments, such as Child Care Subsidy or Family Tax Benefit, you must include PLDP when you confirm your income for the financial year. This is done when you lodge your tax return or when you advise us you don’t need to lodge. If you or your partner don’t need to lodge a tax return, you must tell us and also let the Australian Taxation Office know you aren’t lodging.

Find out more about including Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment on your tax return.

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Page last updated: 21 June 2022