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MEMBER 202 writes:


"With the continued move to doing everything electronically can someone explain why Superannuation Guarantee Shortfall statements can only be lodged by mail and, worse still, payment must be made by cheque to the Commissioner? We have tried on a number of occasions to obtain an EFT code for clients to make payments but have been advised that a code can only be issued once the shortfall statement is received. However, we can’t complete a shortfall  statement until we know the payment date to work out the interest component to be included. Catch 22 lives on."

 TAX COUNSEL THILINI WICKRAMASURIYA COMMENTS: This issue was also raised by members of the ATO Tax Practitioners Advisory Group as a potential issue for the ATO to focus on as part of its deregulation initiatives.