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13 Dec 10 Default assessments for non-lodgers - extension of deadline to 17 February 2011

On 2 December 2010, the ATO sent default assessment warning letters to agents' clients that had overdue returns where it have evidence that they received taxable income in the relevant financial years. The ATO says that these letters are part of its ongoing work to address non-lodgment and have the heading "Lodge your overdue income tax return(s) by 13 January 2011".

In these letters, the ATO stated that if the overdue returns were not lodged by 13 January 2011, it will issue default assessments for these individuals, based on the taxable incomes included in the letter. The ATO now says that after taking into consideration that many tax practices shut down over Christmas, it has extended the lodgment due date to 17 February 2011.


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