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01 Aug 14 Why is the ATO contacting agents' clients directly? - the ATO responds

 

THE ATO RESPONDS to the feedback from Member 93 in last week's edition of TAXVINE - see 2014 TAXVINE No 26 (25 July 2014):
 
"We acknowledge and recognise your concerns. 
 
Generally, ATO staff contact the taxpayer’s tax practitioner in the first instance when pursuing lodgment of overdue documents. However, this is not always possible so we endeavour to advise tax practitioners prior to contacting clients via a Tax agent alert email or letter.
 
We are currently reviewing the ATO guidelines when contacting clients of tax practitioners with the members of the ATO Tax Practitioner Advisory Group. Previous feedback from tax practitioners is split between those happy for us to contact their clients directly and those who are not."