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10 Jul 08 ATO update on 15 May lodgment deferral requests

On 9 July 2008, the ATO advised agents that all on-time lodgment deferral requests for the 15 May lodgment due date have now been processed. If an agent has not already received a response to their request they will receive it in the next seven days.

The ATO says that where an agent has lodged an income tax return prior to the ATO processing their request, the client's notice of assessment may have issued with an earlier payment due date. This may have also resulted in the incorrect application of a failure to lodge on time (FTL) penalty or issue of an FTL warning letter.

The ATO says it will correct the above issues and recalculate any general interest charges for affected clients shortly. These changes will be reflected on the Tax Agent Portal when completed. The ATO will not re-issue notice of assessments for these clients. The ATO apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

In the absence of supporting information, lodgment deferral requests for the 15 May lodgment due date that were submitted late will be declined and may be subject to FTL penalties. Late requests with supporting information will be assessed and agents will be notified of the ATO decision in due course.

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