Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen has said that families should claim any entitlements as soon as possible, before the cut-off date of June 30 2019.
“We’re reminding families who didn’t claim these payments during the 2017-18 financial year to make a lump sum claim so they don’t miss out,” he said.
“When you claim Child Care Benefit for care provided in 2017-18, we’ll automatically assess you for Child Care Rebate in the same claim,” he added.
Claims for Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Benefit can be made online using your Centrelink online account through myGov.
Department of Human Services says this is the final opportunity to claim for Child Care Benefit, given these payments were replaced by the Child Care Subsidy from July 2 2018.
Families need to either lodge their tax returns for the 2017-2018 financial year with the Australian Taxation Office, or let them know that they don’t need to lodge, says the Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen.
The deadline is also important given some families may have to pay back Family Tax Benefits from the 2017-2018 financial year.
“[Some families] may also have to pay back the Family Tax Benefit they received during the 2017-18 financial year, and their fortnightly payments may stop,” Jongen said.
“We’re reminding families not to leave it until the last minute. Take action now so you don’t miss out on payments,” he added.
Last year, Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit.