How to Claim the Family Tax Benefit

Are you raising children and in need of financial assistance? The Family Tax benefit is a two-part payment that will provide you with the help you require.

To help you understand how to claim the Family Tax Benefit, our team of professionals at Valles Accountants have outlined everything you need to know.

Read on to learn more about the Family Tax Benefit and how to make a claim.


What Is the Family Tax Benefit?

The Family Tax Benefit is separated into two parts.

Part A – A payment that is made per child, depending on the family’s situation

Part B – An amount provided per family to provide extra help for those who need it

Both parts are designed to make it financially easier for you to raise children.


Understanding Eligibility

Before lodging for the Family Tax Benefit, you’ll need to understand whether you’re eligible for the claim.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a dependent child or a full-time secondary student aged 16-19 who is not receiving a benefit, such as Youth Allowance
  • You care for the child at least 35% of the time
  • You meet an income test


Online Accounts

The first step to claiming the Family Tax Benefit is to set up your online accounts.

You’ll need a MyGov account linked to Centrelink to begin your application process. To start your application, you will have to prove your identity with MyGov.

If you’re unsure of how to create a MyGov account, you can visit the Services Australia website for more information.


Supporting Documents

To successfully apply for the Family Tax Benefit, you will need to accumulate various documents that support your claim.

This includes:

  • Your family’s financial income details
  • Details on your partner’s residence
  • You and your partner’s tax file numbers (TFN)
  • Details of a bank account in your name


Information regarding your child will also be needed, including their name and date of birth. Additionally, the Government may ask for additional documents about shared care arrangements and child support.


Proving Identity

This stage of the claim is divided into two parts: proving your child’s birth or adoption and proving your identity.

Proving the birth of your child is simple. All you will need is the proof of birth declaration given to you in your Parent Pack after your child’s birth.

If you do not have access to your Newborn Child Declaration document, you can supply the following:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • A letter from a doctor or midwife who attended the birth of your child

Additionally, you will also need to prove your identity. This can be completed online, over the phone, or in person.


Awaiting Approval

Once you have submitted all relevant documents to support your Family Tax Benefit claim, you will be notified whether it has been approved.

The process will usually take Centrelink 28 days to complete.


Team Up with Valles Accountants

Are you planning to claim the Family Tax Benefit? The team at Valles Accountants are tax accountants and can help you apply for the financial assistance you require. With our years of experience in accounting, we advise, assist, and deliver in all areas of compliance.

We understand the ins and outs of forming a Family Tax Benefit claim and can help you source the relevant documents to complete your application.


Looking for more information? Contact our Accountants at Valles today.