Submitting a tax return for someone who has died

Executors are responsible for submitting the final tax return for someone who has died.

Before you lodge the tax return, you will need to notify the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) of their death. 

You may need to lodge:

  • a 'date of death tax return' on behalf of the person who has died (or tell the ATO that a tax return is not necessary)
  • tax returns for previous years

You can only lodge tax returns for someone who has died using a paper tax return.