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21 Jan 09 Data matching process and return not necessary status

The ATO advises that its data matching process will take place in January-February 2009. This involves the ATO receiving data from Centrelink, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and other external sources, including financial institutions. This data is then matched with taxpayers’ individual 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.

The 'not necessary' status is not set for taxpayers who had tax deducted from their pensions, allowances or payments or where information held by the ATO 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 on the 2008 financial year means that these clients will not appear on some agents' electronic lodgment service (ELS) lodgment lists, however they will remain on their client list.

For a copy of the ATO advice, go here.

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