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The ATO advises that on 7 February 2014 it will send letters to a small number of taxpayers affected by a system error which under-calculated the low income tax offset amount for minors for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 income years. Tax agents may receive letters on behalf of their clients.

If clients have been affected the ATO will send a letter to their postal address for service, notifying them that the ATO will be amending their tax return. The letter will contain:

  • an explanation of why they are being sent the letter
  • an apology for making a mistake
  • an explanation of the amended assessment process
  • information on how to contact the ATO if they have questions.

The amendment may result in a small refund or reduce the amount of debt a client owes. The ATO will pay the client any refund via the method indicated on their most recent tax return.

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