The new financial year has begun, and that means that the Australian Taxation Office's e-tax software for submitting your 2010-2011 tax return is now available for download. Here's what you need to know.
Last year, e-tax was used by approximately 2.5 million Australians, and if you're not using an accountant or other tax professional, it's definitely the quickest way to get your tax processed, especially if you're using the pre-filling options. You can submit your form as soon as the relevant income information has been supplied by your employer . The ATO is saying that refunds won't become available until July 14 at the earliest, and is promising a 14-day turnaround in most cases after that date.
As ever, it's a Windows-only release available for XP, Vista and Windows 7. While you can run it on a Mac within Boot Camp or Parallels, or on a Linux system using Wine, those configurations aren't officially supported. It's a 6.7MB download.