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23 Jan 07 Advice on "current year income tax return not necessary"

The ATO has advised that each year, it receives data from Centrelink, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and other external sources, including financial institutions. This data is matched with taxpayers’ records to identify those who may not need to lodge an income tax return for that year.

Those taxpayers may then be allocated a ‘current year income tax return not necessary’ status. This status is not set for taxpayers who had tax deducted from their pensions or where data matching indicates that they may have an obligation to lodge a return (for example, they received other income during the year).

The setting of the not necessary status for the 2006 income tax return means that these clients will not appear on some agents' ELS lodgment lists, however, these clients will remain on their client list.

This year the data matching process will take place in January–February 2007.

For a copy of the ATO advice, go here

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