ATO online services for individuals (including sole traders) are accessed through the whole-of-government myGov portal. Our online services enable people to access their tax and super accounts, lodge activity statements and, using the myTax product, lodge their income tax returns.
From 1 July 2015, myTax 2015 provided an online individual tax return for medium complexity tax returns. MyTax 2015 expanded on myTax 2014 by including superannuation income, foreign pensions and managed fund investments. After some capacity issues at the start of Tax Time 2015, myTax 2015 delivered a tailored online experience for self-preparers so that they only saw those parts of the tax return relevant to them. We also gave people the ability to amend their tax return and claim their excess franking credits online.
As at 30 June 2016, 1.8 million individuals had lodged using myTax 2015 – 725,000 more than myTax 2014. Further enhancements developed during 2015–16 will see myTax 2016 available to all individual taxpayers who choose to self-prepare their tax return. Because of this expansion we have been able to permanently retire e-tax.