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MEMBER 371 writes:

"We received a number of letters from the ATO this week sent with an issue date of 2 December 2010 with the headline "Pay now or your debt may be referred to a debt collection agency". In all cases:

  • the Activity Statement debt was due on 25 November by virtue of the 4 week tax agent lodgment extension
  • payments were received on the 26 November 2010 with the Portal showing an effective date of 26 November 2010 and a process date of 29 November 2010.
29 November, 30 November, 1 December are all business days, so why threaten debt collection action 3 days after your own systems are showing that you have received the money, and 6 days after the money has actually been received?

This is a WOFTAM (Waste of Time and Money) - and that is the PG version of the acronym.

Thanks to TAXVINE for the forum to vent!"

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