The Australian Taxation Office can help people affected by drought and other natural disasters by: allowing more time to pay tax debts without incurring interest charges and/or by arranging for tax debts to be paid in instalments without interest charges.

In special circumstances, the Commissioner for Taxation may release individuals from payment of income tax, fringe benefits taxes and some other taxes where it is shown that payment would cause serious hardship. The Tax Office will look at circumstances on a case–by–case basis.