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.