Ever wondered why you need a Tax File Number (TFN)? There’s a few reasons. To start your first job, or to study a course at uni. Or to study via a registered training organisation. Even if you’re wanting a part-time job while you’re at school, you’ll need a TFN.

Of course, you can choose NOT to have a TFN. But guess what – you’ll end up paying more tax, and you won’t be able to apply for any government benefits.

When you’d use a TFN

The main reasons include:

  • Whenever you start a job
  • If you’re receiving (or self contributing to) superannuation (i.e. money that’s put aside for when you retire)
  • When you’re completing a tax return
  • When you’re applying for any government benefits. For students this can include the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Student Start-up Loan (SSL). TradeSupport Loan (TSL). VET Student Loan (VSL). Or Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) debt.

How to get a TFN

Applying for a TFN is free. You can apply online at the Australian Tax Office website. Find the link that’s right for you. Visit the ATO website.

Other places you can apply include:

Be aware, it can take up to 28 days to receive your TFN.

Key Takeaway

Key takeaway

Your TFN is yours for life. Even if you change names or jobs.

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