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The Australian Government's myGov website has crashed as taxpayers pile on to file their returns in a bid to get the sum of a little over $500 that will come to some as part of the laws to cut tax passed recently.

The Australian Taxation Office said in a tweet: "Some of our services (incl. the portals & our online services via myGov) are currently unavailable or experiencing slowness.

"We're working on the issue and apologise for the inconvenience. Stay tuned for updates."

On Wednesday, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the ATO had received more than a million tax returns in just 10 days.

"As of this [10 July] morning over 1.1 million tax returns have been lodged compared to around 600,000 at the same time last year.

"Despite Labor’s opposition, Australians have now got the tax cuts they voted for!," he tweeted.

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Courtesy: Australian Government

Prior to that, as soon as the tax measures got through the Senate, many people called the ATO and asked for the money that they thought would be paid directly to them.

There are three stages of tax cuts, with the first for those who earn up to $125,000 per annum taking effect on 1 July. This will be provided as a refund when these individuals file their returns for the year.

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