Once your return is lodged, the ATO will process it and issue you with a notice of assessment. If you’re owed a refund, it will be issued at the same time.

The ATO service standard for assessing a current year tax return lodged electronically is 30 days. This means that the ATO does not consider your return to be “late” until 30 days have passed from the date of lodgement.

However, the ATO’s statistics show that they usually process 94% tax returns that have been lodged electronically within 14 days of receiving them.

The ATO offers an automated phone service to allow taxpayers to check the progress of their return. This can be accessed by calling 13 28 65. Alternatively, the progress of your return can be viewed on the myGov website.