How long does a Tax Return take in Australia? That question is a lot like asking “how long is a piece of string”, with the answer being dependent on a few factors. The time it takes to do your Tax Return, and how long it takes to get a refund back from the ATO depends on how you do it.
At the short end, it can take under 5 minutes to complete your Tax Return. At the long end… hours!
How do you speed it up, you ask, and what delays it?
Great question, and luckily enough for you this entire article is dedicated to answering it. So, if you want to know how long it takes to do your Tax Return, how long it takes for the ATO to send your refund, or how to speed up the process, keep reading below.
How long does it take to get taxes back?
So… you’ve lodged your Tax Return & now you’re patiently waiting for the cash to hit your account. But where is it? One of the most common questions faced by our Numbers Geeks during tax time is ‘Where’s my refund?” So we thought it would be helpful to explain our refund process, as well as the estimated timeframe.
One Click Life has created our online tax lodgement system to make things as simple as possible. During the lodgement process, we communicate directly with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) while you wait, to get as much info for you as possible. But the next step takes a little bit longer.
When you hit the ‘LODGE’ button on your online Tax Return, your lodgement is sent to the ATO for review. The average time for them to review each Aussie’s Tax Return & process a refund is approximately 12 – 14 business days. (that’s up to 2 weeks on average)
Reasons why your tax refund may be delayed
Some Tax Returns might take a bit longer than the usual for the ATO to process. Here are a couple of reasons why this might happen:
If you lodge an Overdue Tax Return.
The ATO tends to prioritise current year Tax Returns before processing any overdue lodgements from previous years – this may lead to a slower processing time.
If you need to lodge an overdue Tax Return, check out our step-by-step guide
If you lodge an Amended Tax Return.
The ATO would take more time to process this, as they would have to bring up the original lodgement and compare the differences between the two before confirming the changes made are legitimate.
Whilst One Click Life is the quickest, easiest & fuss-free way to lodge your online Tax Return, once you’ve hit ‘lodge’, some things are out of our hands & in the ATO’s.
What to do if your tax refund is delayed
If your tax refund seems to be delayed, the first thing to do is not panic. Just sit tight and let’s wait at least 30 days first. This is because the ATO won’t take any questions about delays until at least 30 days after your first lodgement, so your refund has at least had a chance to come back to you.
If you have waited for 30 days and you are yet to have an update, you can:
If you are worried you should get in contact with one of our helpers at One Click Life. We can point you in the right direction and help you track down your Tax Return.
Why is it faster to lodge your Tax Return with OCL?
The reason that it’s better to complete your Tax Return with a professional tax service like One Click Life is because it is quick, simple and easy with fewer mistakes. Customers boast that it takes as little as 5 minutes to lodge a Tax Return with One Click Life.
Save time with pre-filled income details, boost your refund with suggested deductions, or link up your bank account to automatically claim your expenses.
If you ever need help, there are qualified accountants readily available to answer your questions, assist with claiming deductions, and making sure you are compliant with the ATO.
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