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09 Dec 11 On overdue lodgment letters sent to agents' clients

MEMBER 221 writes:

"The ATO appears to be chasing up the lodgment of outstanding tax returns. No problem with this matter at all. The problem I have is that the ATO and their new super computer system have once again and as usual ignored the role that Tax Agents play in the tax system and written directly to the client and not the tax agent.

The client who received a letter was added to my client list on 3 October 2011 and yet the ATO can on 28 November 2011 write directly to the client and not the tax agent.

Another very simple [illustration] of the ATO failing miserably to adequately check their records before they send out letters to the incorrect address.

It will be interesting to see what type of silly reply we get from the ATO when this matter is pointed out to them after writing, but hey we most probably will not receive even a reply as they usually do not reply to written letters."

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