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MEMBER 76 writes:

“As a tax agent I rely on the Tax Pack Instructions (now known as Individual Tax Return Instructions) and also the Tax Pack Supplement Instructions each year.

In the 2012-13 year, the ATO at least provided the Supplement Instructions as a printable PDF, however for the 2013-14 year, this does not appear to be the case. I was only able to find a 368 page document on their website, but this includes both the Tax Pack instructions and the Tax Pack Supplement instructions together. When I rang the ATO to ask about this, I was informed that this was the only way I was able to access the Supplement Instructions.

What is going on? Are the ATO intending to make the Tax Pack Instructions and Tax Pack Supplement Instructions obsolete? I know I can print out each item’s instructions as I work my way through the tax return using my electronic software, but I simply want a printed publication that I can highlight/underline/tag that is not 300 pages.

Are you able to lobby the ATO on our behalf?”

TAX COUNSEL THILINI WICKRAMASURIYA COMMENTS: “We will raise the availability of the 2014 Supplement Instructions at the next ATPAG Tax Time meeting on Tuesday 8 July 2014 and include an update in next week’s TaxVine.”


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