Every year, individuals earning a certain minimum amount of income are required to file an individual tax return. You can file as an individual, or jointly as a married couple. Filing is important because it allows the Australian Tax Office to determine how much in taxes you should pay during any given year. As you probably know, taxes are a primary way through which the government raises revenue to deliver important public services.
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