31 Aug 12 On Family Tax Benefit offsetting tax liabilities
MEMBER 181 writes:
"As the result of a 2012 Income Tax Assessment, client has a debt of $2,500 due for payment by 21 March 2013.
Instead of receiving a lump sum Family Tax Benefit, $2,500 was used to offset the tax debt on 8 August 2012.
This action by the ATO of unilaterally forcing early payment of tax & dictating the client does not have access to $2,500. Is it legal when the debt is not due and payable for another 6 months?"