06 Jun 13 On non-payment of fees
MEMBER 114 writes:
"I just wondered how everyone is dealing with individual clients and the non-payment of their lodgment fees? We lodge a significant number of small individual returns where the fee is paid from the refund. In a number of cases the refund is taken by the ATO or Centrelink/Child support. We then try and chase the client for this who then goes to another accountant next year and we are left out of pocket. As the fee is low it is not worth the debt collection agency fee.
Is there a way we can garnish their next year's refund like the ATO does or have some note on the prefill report so that the next accountant does not get treated the same way we have? Unfortunately as these are generally salary & wage individual returns we don't receive a professional letter from the next unsuspecting victim."