For anyone who is eligible for family assistance payments, you must lodge your claim with the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) by 30th June, 2015.
Part of finalising your claim includes lodging your 2014 income tax return by 30th June, 2015 also.
This deadline relates to the following payments:
- Family Tax Benefit (FTB)
- Child Care Benefit (CCB); and
- Single Income Family Supplement (SIFS)
A couple of notes for you to consider are that if you are not required to lodge an income tax return, you should notify Centrelink of this by 30th June, 2015 to enable your payments to be finalised.
And if you happen to be in the small group who have been granted an extension of time (by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)) to lodge your income tax return which pushes your due date beyond 30th June…you should note that this extension does not apply to your family assistance claim – as such you are still required to lodge your income tax return by 30th June, 2015 to meet Centrelink’s requirements for family assistance.
If you have already lodged your 2014 income tax return but have not received your reconciliation of family assistance, I recommend you contact Centrelink to discuss.