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MEMBER 48 writes:

“I’m sorry, but I can’t describe it any other way.

A discretionary trust was established on the 6th July 2009. The ATO have phoned requesting lodgment of return for 2009 year end. That is right, for the year 1st July 2008 to 30 June 2009, when it didn’t actually exist!

Upon advising this to the ATO, I was requested to lodge a ‘Return Not Necessary’ form. Why not, I cheekily replied, do you also want one for 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005....?

To make it worse, the trust now has a penalty for non-lodgment of the 2009 return, a period before it even existed. Can anyone top that?

Can we start a top ten of ATO stupidity, or does it need to be a longer list?

Another waste of my time checking deeds and rechecking dates, making phone calls and no doubt an unnecessary penalty remission request.

Who do I send my bill to, as I don’t have any time for this rubbish?

Will I get dispensation on my lodgments – no chance. ATO, this is the unseen lost time that you and your system create for Tax Agents. Want a better lodgment rate? Then let us do our jobs without these pathetic distractions.

PS: My Delayed Return from October 2010 is still delayed and unprocessed.

Don’t fancy you will meet your lodgment targets either, as you are 100% unlodged at present and 28 days was a long time ago.”

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