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MEMBER 22 writes, in response to the recent advice from the ATO (see under Superannuation in this edition of TAXVINE):

"Have you read the latest from ATO? They want tax agents to ensure that they have the correct residential address and daytime telephone number for clients so that the ATO can ‘ring’ the client and advise them of any unclaimed superannuation. What a load of rubbish!!! They want us to give out phone numbers so the ATO can harass a taxpayer if he is 5 minutes late paying a tax bill.

In addition it is unacceptable to bypass tax agents and to directly ‘talk’ to clients to scare the living daylights out of them. Recent correspondents have reported on the ATO operatives berating taxpayers for being contractors and using their ABNs.

The delivery of the tax bonus was a debacle, so why should we do ATO dirty work and update their data bases for them?"

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