20 Mar 1515 On amended returns and other matters
MEMBER 49 writes:
“Three recent events from the Tax Office.
Complicated issue but in January 2015 we lodged amended returns for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 as amended distribution received from large trust etc.
2012 and 2013 amendments went through straight away as we would expect.
11 March letter issued saying due to time limits 2010 and 2011 cannot be amended. But then we went onto the portal to see the amended assessment for 2011 with amount to pay and shortfall interest.
Rang the ATO which adds to everyone’s confusion and was referred to ATO specialist only to be told nothing coming for 2010 but wait until the 2011 notice of amended assessment issues and then to come back to the ATO.
Another issue is with registering two separate clients on two separate occasions for GST (already had a ABN) via the portal. All seemed OK, then both received ATO correspondence with incorrect registration date and stating ‘even though you have stated your turnover is greater than $2 million per annum we have registered you on a cash basis for GST purposes’.
Both were registered with turnover way below that level.
Rang the ATO about these and was told there is an issue and they would escalate and get back to me within 48 hours. I received no phone call more than 28 days later???
I am confused, the clients being the taxpayers are even more confused and no-one in the ATO knows what is going on.
If we make a false statement we get hung drawn and quartered but it appears the ATO can say and do whatever they want?? What chance have we got?”