One of them is a Tax File Number (TFN) which is your personal reference number that was assigned to you for tax and superannuation. It is a unique number. You can also need your TFN when getting government benefits, filing an online tax return and applying for an Australian Business Number (ABN). For instance, you will need it while filling tax return. If you have a tax file number, you retain it throughout your life, even if something changes in your life. So how do you retrieve it and when your forget and lost the number?
Where can I find my TFN (Tax File Number)?
If you are at home, or in your office, or any other place of work the first document to look for your Tax File Number (TFN) is the income tax assessment notice that would have been issued by the Australian Tax Office ATO . Your TFN can be found in the top right hand corner of this assessment. It may be possible that payslips and superannuation statements display your tax file number. In case you do not have TFN, you must fill out a tax file number application.
To find your tax file number, call the ATO on 13 28 61 or visit the ATO website.
Search Your TFN Online
MyGov is a one-stop shop for many key government services, including:
- Australian JobSearch;
- Medicare; and
- My Health Record.
You can also link your ABN to your MyGov account if you run a business, so you can access online government services for business. Importantly, you can check your TFN on the myGov account so as soon as you are signed up then you will have this information accessible no matter where you are.
I Have Lost My TFN
If you just can’t recall your TFN, then follow the tips on this page to urge you to find it again so that you don’t have to stop using it. To accomplish this, you can search in hard copies of documents, look for it on myGov or simply ring the ATO or go to their site.
However, if you suspect that your TFN is lost, stolen or accessed by an unauthorised third party, contact ATO client identity support centre for help. You can get advice, more information and implementation of security measures by calling 1800467-033.
Important Points to Remember
TFN is essential for you and will be required in the process of submitting a tax return. It can be used by other individuals for identity fraud if it falls into the wrong hands. This is why you should never keep it on a piece of paper in your wallet or save it on mobile phone. Sending it through a text message or even filling out an online form is not 100% safe. The safest way to pass your TFN on to an employer is when you fill out a TFN declaration form.
Note: We cannot help you with your tax file number. Please contact the Australian Tax Office.
Contact the ATO by calling 13 28 61 to find your tax file number.
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Frequently Answered Questions
Yes, if you have a myGov account and have linked that account with Australian Tax Office then you can find your TFN online. Your TFN will be found within the My Profile > Personal Details menu.
When you make your tax return the Australian Tax Office will provide you with a Taxation Notice of Assessment. On this form, you will see your Tax File Number. Your TFN is on your ATO Payment Summary.
If you don’t have a myGov account, then you can get your TFN by contacting the Australian Tax Office at 13 28 61 during its working hours. Or you can ask your accountant if you have one to help out.
While you may not need a TFN, it is essential to avoid paying more tax. A TFN also helps you file tax returns. People will be taxed at the maximum rate without a TFN.