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12 Sep 13 More on pre-fill problems and totals

MEMBER 202 writes:

"We diligently used the pre-fill for a client to prepare the 2012 year return. We then received an Income Matching System (IMS) discrepancy, showing $2,500 interest income not declared. When we prepared the return, the $2,500 was not on the pre-fill. I did another pre-fill just now and the $2,500 is still not on the pre- fill. So the IMS within the ATO has more/different information than the pre-fill. Surely the IMS and pre-fill data should be the same, but no surprise it is different. Add it to the list of things that do not work properly."

MEMBER 203 writes:

"Once more the ATO shows its total ignorance in its dealings with Tax Agents. Why have they moved PAYG Payments & Other IMPORTANT information to the back of the Pre-filling report? If it ain’t broke, don't fix it until it is."

MEMBER 204 who, as Member 180, wrote originally about the absence of totals in pre-filling reports - see 2013 TAXVINE No 32 (23 August 2013) - responds to Member 192 who wrote in last week's TAXVINE - see 2013 TAXVINE No 34 (6 September 2013):

"The Pre-fill totals will never replace care and diligence in the preparation of Income Tax Returns; however, they do act as an extra tool to mitigate human error.

For this reason and for the benefit of advisors who do use the totals, I would prefer that they were re-instated."