It’s tax time again!

It’s tax time again!

You have to lodge your income tax return for the 2019-20 tax year by 31 October 2020 – unless you use a registered tax agent (your tax agent will be allowed to lodge your return at a later date, even as late as May next year in some cases).

Lodging a tax return

Are you a sole trader?

  • Even if your income is below the tax-free threshold of $18,200, you still need to lodge a tax return.
  • Do you pay PAYG instalments? Lodge your activity statements and pay all due PAYG instalments before you lodge your tax return so your income tax assessment takes into account the instalments you’ve paid throughout the year.


Are you a partnership?

If you operate your business in a partnership:

  • the partnership lodges the partnership tax return, reporting the partnership’s net income or loss (assessable income less allowable deductions).


As an individual partner, you report on your individual tax return:

  • your share of any partnership net income or loss
  • any other assessable income, such as salary and wages, dividends and rental income.


The partnership doesn’t pay income tax on the income it earns. Instead, you and each of the partners pay tax on the share of net partnership income you receive.

Are you a trust?

  • If you operate your business through a trust, the trust reports its net income or loss (this is the trust’s assessable income less allowable deductions).
  • The trustee is required to lodge a trust tax return.
  • As a trust beneficiary, you report on your individual tax return any income you receive from the trust.


Are you a company?

  • If you operate your business through a company, you need to lodge a company tax return.
  • The company reports its taxable income, tax offsets and credits, PAYG instalments and the amount of tax it is liable to pay on that income or the amount that is refundable.


The company’s income is separate from your personal income.

Key tax dates


7 Sep 2020 Deadline for application for superannuation guarantee amnesty
14 Sep 2020    August JobKeeper monthly business declaration due
21 Sep 2020 August monthly BAS due
30 Sep 2020

Finalisation due date by payers of PAYG withholding payments reporting through STP for closely held payees where the employer has 20 or more employees.

Small employers (19 or fewer employees) who only have closely held payees have until the payee’s income tax return due date to lodge their STP finalisation for the financial year ended 30 June 2020.

6 Oct 2020 2020-21 Federal Budget
14 Oct 2020 September JobKeeper monthly business declaration due
21 Oct 2020

September monthly BAS due

Payment of annual PAYG instalment for 2019-20

28 Oct 2020

September quarter BAS due

Payment of first PAYG instalment for 2020-21 by quarterly payers

31 Oct 2020* 2019-20 income tax return due
  PAYG withholding annual reports due (no ABN withholding; interest, dividend and royalty payments paid to non-residents; and payments to non-residents)
14 Nov 2020* October JobKeeper monthly business declaration due
21 Nov 2020*

October monthly BAS due

*Next business day.

Note!  Talk to your tax agent to confirm the correct due dates for your own tax obligations.

If you need assistance with your tax return, please feel free to contact KMT office on 08 8431 0022 or email kmtp@kmtpartners.com.au.

This is general advice only and does not take into account your financial circumstances, needs and objectives. Before making any decision based on this document, you should assess your own circumstances or seek tax advice from your accountants at KMT Partners. Information is current at the date of issue and may change.

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