The ATO advises that it will be suspending its return and form processing from 3pm AEDT Friday 23 December 2011 until 9am AEDT Tuesday 3 January 2012. As a result, returns lodged from mid December to early January will take longer than usual to process.
To increase the likelihood of receiving notices of assessment and any associated refund before the holiday period, the ATO recommends lodging returns or other forms electronically by 9 December 2011.
For returns lodged electronically between 10 December and 23 December, refunds are expected to issue from Tuesday 3 January 2012. Refunds for returns lodged from 23 December 2011 will start to issue from Monday 16 January 2012.
For a copy of the broadcast message sent to agents on 21 November 2011, go here