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Why a notice of estimate of liability from the ATO means trouble

The ATO can issue a 'Notice of estimate of liability' (or an 'Estimate Notice') if it believes that you have overdue: pay as you go (PAYG) withholding amounts; or superannuation guarantee charge (SGC) that has not been assessed. An Estimate Notice is a formal notice that the ATO can issue under section 268-15 of Schedule 1 ...

Don’t get caught out by an ATO default assessment

A default assessment is an assessment of income tax issued to you by the ATO, based on the amount of tax that the ATO thinks you should pay. The ATO can issue a default assessment in two situations: Where you have not lodged a return, notice or another document that you must to lodge.  ...

The ATO sent a garnishee notice to my bank – now what?

One of the tools in the ATO’s tax debt collection arsenal is a garnishee notice. These can be issued to anyone who owes you money, requiring them to pay that money to the ATO instead. If you'd like to know more about how the ATO uses garnishee notices and who it can issue ...

Using ATO in-house facilitation to resolve tax disputes

I recently represented a client in a drawn out dispute with the ATO about how the tax law applied to a particular amount of money. We had applied for a Private Ruling, but we didn’t get the answer we wanted. Instead of objecting to that Private Ruling (click here to find out why), we lodged ...

Why objecting to a private ruling can be a very bad idea

Usually, when you disagree with a decision made by the ATO, you lodge an objection. You can object to most decisions made by the ATO, including a private ruling. Even though you can object to a private ruling, you should consider whether you should. What is a private ruling? The tax law says that the ...

Departure Prohibition Orders – how the ATO can stop you from leaving Australia by issuing a DPO

The ATO has the power to stop a taxpayer from leaving the country if they owe a tax debt. It can do this by issuing a Departure Prohibition Order. Once the ATO issues a DPO, you cannot leave Australia until the tax debt is fully paid or you reach a settlement with the ATO. DPOs ...

The ATO can report your unpaid tax debt to credit reporting agencies

A few months ago, someone asked me whether the ATO could report a tax debt to a credit reporting agency. I thought “great question!” and wrote an article about it. The answer, at that stage, was “no - not until the ATO has a judgment against you”. My article explained all the reasons why ...

5 tips to keep your ATO payment arrangement on track [infographic]

  Need help to arrange a payment plan with the ATO? A payment arrangement with the ATO can help you to deal with your tax debt without the fear that the ATO will make you bankrupt or wind up your company. Here are 5 top tips to help you keep your arrangement on track.   RELATED ARTICLES:  ...
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