How To Track The Progress Of Your Tax Return

Income tax returns lodged with the Australian Tax Office may take about two weeks to process. In some cases the lodgments may take up to a month or so, this is most prevalent in case of manual processing. This process can’t be stepped up even if you try to speed it up. Hence, the easiest and fastest way to track and check the progress is by utilizing one of the online search options available.

Check the progress of your Tax Return by following the below-mentioned steps:

  • Comprehensive Online Search – You can easily check the progress of your lodged tax return if you have your myGov account linked with ATO. You can check your lodgment history for the current as well as previous financial years.
  • Use the ATO app – Check the progress easily on the app, all you have to do is enter the Tax File Number and the app will provide you the status of your income tax return. The tool gives you advanced results that deals with the status of the latest financial years lodged returns. 

          On the app navigate through the options of tools and calculators to make the calculations pertaining to your tax amount. You may also select the Progress of Return option in the individual section. 

tax return progress on ATO app


  • Quick Online Search – Use the tax file number to quickly search the progress of the original individual tax return which is lodged for the latest financial year. The facility for this search is easily and clearly present on the ATO app.
  • Check by Phone – The ATO provides self-help service which provides the information on the tax returns which are lodged for the current financial year. 

           Dial 13 28 61, to get your tax file number.

           Choose option 3 and then press 1.


The procedure of filing a tax return and tracking progress can be cumbersome for some individuals, which is when they start to search for professional assistance. There are some reputed accounting service providers which adeptly handle accounting service for you. The service providers extend their service to tax planning and management as well.

Perth Tax People is dedicated to protecting and maximizing the wealth of people by offering them expert planning and management of tax. Perth Tax People is not limited to mere tax management, but also expands its service area to accountancy, bookkeeping and other financial solutions at reliable and modest prices. Let your tax worries be handled by an expert.

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Nilesh Vasoya

Nilesh Vasoya

Nilesh Vasoya is a CPA and experienced business advisor with 15+ years’ experience in accounting and tax, and certifications from NTAA, ICAI (India). He is also a Registered Tax and ASIC Agent. Nilesh specialises in financial reports, cash flow, taxation advice, internal audit, account reconciliation, and advice for small businesses on maximising XERO, MYOB, and QUICKBOOKS. He is experienced in developing strategies for growth within small-medium scale companies.

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