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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 415. Updated Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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Fast lane for simple tax returns

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) expects more than 1.4 million taxpayers to access its new myTax service to save time and effort completing their tax return this year.

The simple myTax online service for straightforward returns can be filled out on a PC, tablet or smartphone.

Assistant Commissioner at ATO, Karen Anstis said people could use myTax from July 1, but if they waited until August returns would be automatically filled with information from previous tax returns and data from employers, banks, share registries, government Agencies and health insurance providers.

ATO promotes new service

It's really easy, and it's important that as many people as possible are aware they can use myTax," she said.

The eTax online software remains for more detailed returns, and last year attracted more than 2.8 million users.

This year, the ATO is paying close attention to tax deductions claimed for use of a computer, mobile phone or other electronic device.

Ms Anstis said of the $19.5 billion of work-related expenses claimed each year, electronic devices were taking a fast-growing share.

"People are using their computers at home for work-related purposes but it is very important they understand the distinction between what is work-related and what is personal use," she said.

More information about lodging tax returns online is available at this PS News link.

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