The Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Payment Scheme

The BSWAT Payment Scheme closed on 31 December 2018

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Tax and the BSWAT Payment Scheme

Find out how a BSWAT payment might affect taxable income and what help is available.

If your BSWAT payment was more than $18,200 or if you had other income as well as your BSWAT payment and together it adds up to be more than $18,200, you may need to do a tax return.

Do you need to do a tax return?

Not everyone with a BSWAT payment will have to do a tax return. If you are not sure if you need to do a tax return, you can:

  • ask your tax agent or trustee or
  • call the Tax Office on 13 28 69 from July to October 2019.

Before you call the Tax Office make sure you have all the right papers ready, tell the person on the phone that you have a BSWAT payment and you need help to check if you need to lodge.

You will need:

  • your Centrelink PAYG payment summary
  • information about any other income you have earned during the year
  • a copy of Attachment E: Important tax information, which is included in your BSWAT payment letter of offer.

Getting help to do your tax return

If you need to do a tax return, you will need to fill out a paper form. You can ask someone you trust to help you to fill it out or, you can get help from a Tax Help volunteer.

Tax Help is free. Tell the person that you received a BSWAT payment, and you want help from a Tax Help volunteer.

To get the forms posted to you, or to get Tax Help, call 13 28 69 from July to October 2019.

Find out more

For more information about tax, visit ato.gov.au/bswat. Here, you will find Easy Read information that tells you what you need to do.

You can also watch an accessible video on BSWAT and tax below.

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Tax and the BSWAT Payment Scheme

Proving your identity or certifying documents

If required, follow the instructions in the below documents to choose the appropriate forms of identification and how to have your forms legally certified.


The BSWAT Payment Scheme closed on 31 December 2018

Need assistance? Contact

The Tax Office

Can be contacted on 13 28 69, from July to October 2019.

Hearing and / or Speech impairments?

Try the National Relay Service to contact any of DSS's listed phone numbers.

The BSWAT Payment Scheme line

If you have any questions, you can leave a phone message on 1800 799 515 or send an email to bswatpayments@dss.gov.au

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