The ATO advises that people who have received an income tax bill for 2011-2012 should pay any amount owing by the due date to avoid incurring interest for late payment.
Payments can be made by:
- BPAY either over the phone or internet
- direct credit or debit
- cash (up to $3,000), cheque or EFTPOS at any Australia Post Office, or
- mailing the payment slip with a cheque or money order to the address printed on the payment advice slip.
If the debt is less than $25,000, the taxpayer can use the ATO’s 24-hour automated service to arrange a late payment or to pay by instalments. To use this service, phone:
- businesses - 13 72 26, or
- individuals - 13 28 65.
Alternatively, taxpayers can phone the ATO on 13 11 42 between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, to discuss their situation.
People who are preparing their own 2011-2012 returns but have not yet lodged them should do so as soon as possible.
While the deadline for self-lodgment was 31 October, e-tax will continue to be available to download free of charge from the ATO website.