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22 May 09 More on payment dates

MEMBER 1 writes:

"The ludicrous approach taken by ATO on requiring payment of 2008 tax by 15 May 2009 for company and super fund returns lodged before 16 February 2009, (and issuing payment slips in the week beginning 11 May 2009 for us to onsend to clients for payment 4 days later), should lead the Taxation Institute to advise its members not to lodge 2009 returns until the final lodgment date!"

MEMBER 2 writes:

"I received the advice from the ATO about the reminder letters for Companies and Super Funds just now (at 7.45am Thursday 14 May) and I haven't received any letters - the tax is due tomorrow - what use is it sending the "reminders" out now? Save all that money and cancel the mailout. Whatever happened to the eight weeks notice? For the 5 June date, there are no "subsequent weeks" left to issue the "reminders".

And why the two different payment dates? It just makes everything more confusing - why not give everyone the 5 June date? Just goes to show that helping the ATO with progressive lodgments through the year gets you nothing - why did I lodge all those returns before 16 February? - in future, hold on to everything until 15 May in case concessions are announced."

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