"We recently submitted an ABN application electronically and today sought a telephone progress on the ABN as it will be required at a settlement for the purchase of a business on 28 February 2009. We have been advised by the ATO, over the phone, that there is an error on the application form. However, as it has not yet been 7 days since the application was submitted they are unable to inform us of the error and fix the problem now. Instead, we have been advised to call back on the seventh day.
This is just absurd! If the ATO is aware at this point of an error, why can't they assist us with progressing the application now? Why must we wait until the seventh day? Another case of ATO obstruction to sound business practice."