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Tax Return Guide for Independent Contractors

Now that the 2016-2017 financial year has ended, it’s time once again for that dreaded annual chore: filing your tax return.

While most employees are likely to have an easier time in preparing the necessary paperwork for the ATO, many independent contractors will face a tougher time having to organise and reconcile their books. Moreover, they’ll also have additional tax obligations that require more specific attention.

We’ve collected a few resources below to help you get started in preparing your tax return:

EOFY Checklist

Important Things to Do Before the End of the Financial Year

Although intended to jumpstart your tax return preparations even before EOFY, this nicely covers the various items that should be on your checklist during the tax season.

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Lodging a Tax Return for the First Time

Here’s a basic rundown of the most frequently asked questions that those filing for their tax return for the first time have.

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Lodging Your Tax Return – ATO

Tax return information from the ATO itself, although you’ll have to do a bit of navigating first to find details particular to your situation.

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Common Pitfalls in Completing Tax Returns

If you’re preparing your own tax return yourself, make sure not to fall into any of the usual mistakes, such as incorrect deduction claims.

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Consequences of Not Lodging a Tax Return

Filing a tax return is an obligation, and serious penalties await those who take no action, intentionally or not.

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For Backpackers / Working Holiday Makers

Tax rates for backpackers or working holiday makers have changed starting January 1st this year. Make sure you’re informed of these changes and how they affect your tax return.

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Need Expert Help?

While these resources should be able to equip you with sufficient information to start preparing your tax return, you’re likely to come across items regarding your specific circumstances that can’t be answered easily by guides. In such cases, make sure to consult a tax professional and get their expert advice or help.

We at Certica® know that independent contractors struggle a bit more in getting their tax return paperwork in order. As a result, we have partnered with CeTax to make tax time easier for contractors as well as the businesses that engage them.

Feel free to contact us for more information, or send your inquiries to for immediate assistance.

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