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In a media release issued on 11 March 2009, the Commissioner, Michael D’Ascenzo, announced tax refunds and payment advice notices for people affected by the Victorian bushfires will soon be on the way. At the time of the bushfires the ATO stopped sending correspondence to people in affected areas and extended the due dates for lodgments.

“We are now receiving requests for correspondence and other practical help from some people and businesses in the affected areas. Given this, we will start distributing refunds and payment advice notices in the coming days,” Mr D’Ascenzo said. “We will also start issuing activity statements with extended due dates in the next few weeks. We are working with Australia Post to ensure the mail we send is re-directed to nominated addresses or can be picked up at local post offices and mobile post offices."

For a copy of the ATO media release, No 2009/19, 11 March 2009, go here.

For FAQs for tax practitioners with clients affected by natural disasters, go here.

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