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As reported in 2013 TAXVINE No 38 (4 October 2013), the tax free threshold amount was incorrectly reduced for some individuals from $18,200 to $416 following a systems deployment on 21-22 September 2013.

Taxpayers impacted are those in receipt of the following non-refundable tax offsets:

  • Seniors and pensioners tax offset (SAPTO) for the 2013 income year;
  • Pensioner Tax Offset (PTO) for the 2012 income year; 
  • Beneficiary Tax Offset (BTO) for the 2012 income year.

The ATO has now advised The Tax Institute that, as at 17 October 2013:

  • a system fix was done on 26 September 2013 and there have been no new cases reported.
  • affected taxpayers are being identified and their incorrect notices of assessment will be amended as soon as possible
  • the tax agent or client will be contacted prior to the notice of amended assessment being issued
  • tax agents should refrain from lodging objections
  • where applicable, interest on the overpayment of tax will be calculated and paid to the affected taxpayers or applied against any outstanding tax debts they have with the ATO.
  • when the amendment processing is complete, the ATO will let The Tax Institute know.


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