In 2015 TAXVINE No 12 (10 April 2015) Member 71 wrote:
“Why do some taxpayers not receive the Tax receipt letter with their Assessment thanking them for their contribution to the Australian Government?
Husband and Wife assessments arrive today – same income, same refund – Husband is thanked; Wife is not.
I’ve worked it out: whilst both have the same sort of refund (after PAYG Instalments paid) – the Husband has a tax bill after taking into account his Imputation credits – the wife has a tax refund after taking into account her imputation credits.
But the wife will not be able to do those sorts of calculations and will say – ‘Why didn’t I get one of those??’”
THE ATO NOW RESPONDS:
“For the income year 2013-14, individual taxpayers will receive a tax receipt if their assessed income tax is $100 or more. Assessed income tax is defined as the tax payable on your taxable income minus your tax offsets. This is printed under the heading ‘Assessed tax payable’ on your Notice of Assessment.
Further, if an individual taxpayer receives her Notice of Assessment after 18 months from the end of the 2013-14 income year she will not receive her tax receipt. However, this is not applicable in this particular case and the ATO will look at why this has occurred.
Please visit http://www.ato.gov.au/taxreceipt for further information on tax receipts.”