Tax Returns Prove People Will Sign Up For Online Services If There’s Money In It

In June this year, 2.4 million Australians had signed up for the myGov centralised online account for government services. That number now stands at 5.8 million — because myGov is needed if you want to submit your own tax return online.

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According to the Department of Finance, 2.7 million Australians have submitted their tax online, using either e-Tax or the simplifed MyTax system. Dangling the prospect of a return has clearly been a powerful incentive for people to sign up — something every developer should remember.

That said, it’s not obvious where the next boost might come from. The majority of Australians use a tax agent to submit their returns, and that doesn’t require a myGov account.

Finally, a reminder: if you are doing your own tax, it’s now overdue! The deadline for self-submitted returns is 31 October.

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