19 Jul 13 It's the system - OK?
MEMBER 149 writes:
"I received my very first Newsletter yesterday from the TPB. It mentioned about providing PI insurance details – I dutifully followed the link and completed the Online form.
At the bottom is a series of statements that I must 'certify'. Para (a) asks me to certify that I have read 'the' written notice sent to me by the TPB.
I have not had any written notice sent to me.
I called and spoke to an officer from the TPB and told him I couldn’t certify that because I hadn’t received any written notice addressed to me – all I did was read a newsletter.
He said don’t worry just sign the online form and submit it.
I said why can’t you change the form so it doesn’t refer to a notice I didn’t receive?
He gave me the usual 'But that’s the SYSTEM – you can’t change it'.
So I said I wouldn’t sign it.
He said fine – goodbye.
Another hour wasted. Can you let Ian R Taylor know for me please?"
THE TAX INSTITUTE’S TAX COUNSEL, STEPHANIE CAREDES, COMMENTS:
“The Tax Institute will raise this concern with the Tax Practitioners Board and report back to members.”