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Hi,

 

I was told that as a foreigner who was working in Australia on a working holiday I needed to lodge my taxes the old fashioned way by printing out and mailing in the forms. As I was filling out the forms I was wondering if I needed to print out all the tax invoices that I received and attach them to the forms? "Unfortunately", one of my income sources was UberEats and they don't send out pay summaries, meaning I'd have to print out every week's invoice. Or does the ATO have an oversight over any income that I received?

 

Thank you for any help!

Cheers,

Seb

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Hi @Sebastian,

 

We just wanted to add to the useful information @Tracey74 has provided you. You'll need to determined if the work you were doing for UberEats was work as a business or as a hobby. If you were in business and had an ABN you will need to declare this income in your tax return, if it was considered more as a hobby you will not need to declare this income.

 

You can find out more information about business or hobby on our website.

 

Hope this helps.

 

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Hi @Sebastian

 

Welcome to the ATO online community.

 

You have mentioned that you was working for UberEats, you would not receive a payment summary you would have had an Australian buisiness number, you would have needed to keep a record of income received (tax invoices) and declare that in your tax return, you do not need to send us the invoices, however you will need to keep copies of them.

 

Even if you are a working hoilday maker you are able to use online services to lodge a tax return, Please see the link below to the ATO website, https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Lodging-your-tax-return/Lodging-your-first-tax-return/

To lodge online you will need to create a MyGov account and then link to the ATO, https://my.gov.au/LoginServices/main/login?execution=e1s1

As a first time lodger, there are a few steps you need to follow:

Step 1 – Have your tax file number (TFN) handy.

Step 2 – Create your  myGov account.

Step 3 – Call us on 13 28 61 and enter your TFN and date of birth when requested. Select 1 at the prompt to get your unique linking code to verify your account from an operator. Each unique code will expire after 24 hours, we will also ask you to verify a document, for example, your visa.

 

 

 

 

 

Please note this is my personal view; I’m an ATO employee who chooses to help out here in my own time

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Hi @Sebastian,

 

We just wanted to add to the useful information @Tracey74 has provided you. You'll need to determined if the work you were doing for UberEats was work as a business or as a hobby. If you were in business and had an ABN you will need to declare this income in your tax return, if it was considered more as a hobby you will not need to declare this income.

 

You can find out more information about business or hobby on our website.

 

Hope this helps.

 

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Hi,

 

thank you both @Tracey74 and @JodieH for  your quick and insightful replies. That has helped a lot.

 

A couple of things: I am no longer in Australia. When I wanted to lodge my taxes online I registered for the myGov account. But I received the message that there was no linked profile registered to the ATO. Thus, I called them to verify my identy but then I was told all I could do was to lodge my taxes by filling out the paper forms and mailing them in.

 

With regards to the ABN, I was never told by UberEats to file for an ABN. Which, unfortunately, is my problem now I guess. But since I was way underneath the taxable income threshold do I still need to apply for it? I never intended to be running a proper business when in Australia. It only helped me to get by for a few months while my other sources of income were unstable.

 

Once again, thank you for your replies. I really appreciate it Smiley Happy

Seb

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Hi @Sebastian,

 

If you didn't take the required steps to setup a business then you wouldn't have been consider to be running a business. Therefore, you wouldn't need to report this income in your tax return as business income.

 

If you are overseas and want to lodge a tax return online, you can phone us to request a linking code to link your ATO account in myGov. You can phone or Skype us on +61 2 6216 1111 between 8am - 5pm (AEST), Monday to Friday and let the operator know you are calling from overseas to request a callback.

 

Hope this helps.

 

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Hi @JodieH,

 

thanks again for your advice. It has helped me a lot to clear up a few misunderstandings.

 

I will try again to call the ATO and get a link so I can lodge my taxes online. Otherwise it would take about two months to get them back apparently. That info just made my day. Thanks a ton Smiley Happy

 

Have a great weekend!

Seb

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I agree with @JodieH that the income doesn't need to be reported as business income but it still needs to be reported under 'Personal Service Income (PSI)' and if earned after 1/1/2017 and you were on a 417 or 462 visa to be added to item A4 (Working Holiday Maker Income) too.

 

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