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07 May 10 More on the aftermath of the ATO Change Program

MEMBER 128 writes:

"Having lost nearly yet another day trying to sort through delayed assessments, delayed refunds, unissued cheques, unacknowledged lodgments, etc, etc, I have reached the end of my tether. I would lodge a compensation claim against the ATO but that is only to going to waste more of my time and probably be to no avail. Having read the massive amount of feedback through TAXVINE with some practitioners even considering abandoning their livelihood, isn't it about time that the professional bodies considered launching a class action against the ATO on behalf of their members and member's clients? After all it is clear that the Government and ATO don't really want tax agents in the system, so we have little to lose."

MEMBER 129 writes:

"The poor ATO just can't get it right. We have now received clients' refund cheques and the Statements of Account but no Notices of Assessment. As the date of issue of the Notice of Assessment is crucial for timing purposes both before and after that date, this is a major legal problem."

MEMBER 130 writes:

"With all the problems that have occurred in this implementation process, I wondered if it was worth it. I do not recall seeing any reports from the ATO as to why they felt the system needed to be changed and what the benefits to the public were going to be. Apparently they have not heard the old saying ”if it ain&'t broke, don't fix it". Does anybody know if there was any such report as to what the benefits were going to be?"

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