How do I know if the ATO has made a DPO against me?

This video answers the question:

‘how do I know if the Tax Office has made a Departure Prohibition Order (DPO) against me, to stop me from leaving the country?’

TRANSCRIPT:

This short video answers a question that I’m asked a lot.

That question is:

How do I know if the Tax Office has made a Departure Prohibition Order (DPO) against me, to stop me from leaving the country?

Now, when people ask me this question, it’s usually because they have a tax debt and they’re scared that that tax debt is going to stop them from leaving the country. They may want to attend a business conference overseas or they may have a sick relative overseas that they’d like to visit, and they’re scared that they’ll turn up at the airport and they won’t be allowed to leave.

They also want to know – before they buy their ticket – whether they’ll actually be allowed to travel.

So, how do you know if the Tax Office has made a Departure Prohibition Order against you?

Well, the tax law specifically says that, if the Tax Office makes a Departure Prohibition Order, then it needs to notify you, in writing, as soon as possible. Usually this will mean that something will arrive in the mail, but it could also be hand delivered to you.

The copy of the order will be very obvious. It will say ‘Departure Prohibition Order’ at the top. The letter will explain why the Tax Office has made the decision to make this order and what you can do to have that decision reviewed.

So, as long as you are opening your mail, then you should know if the Tax Office has made a Departure Prohibition Order against you.

The other thing I’d like to say is that the Tax Office doesn’t issue a lot of these. There’s usually only between 10 and 20 active Departure Prohibition Orders at any one time across Australia. So they aren’t very common.


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About Hartigan Law

I am a specialist tax disputes lawyer with over a decade of experience in dealing with the ATO.

I’ve helped many clients to deal with their tax debt, even after the ATO has started debt collection processes. I have helped clients to avoid bankruptcy by reducing their tax debt and successfully negotiating payment plans with the ATO. I have also helped clients to object to tax assessments and negotiate the withdrawal of improperly issued court summonses.

I work with clients all over Australia. I can do this because the tax issues I deal with are Federal – the tax law is the same no matter where in Australia you live.

You can contact me on 1300 75 84 84 or at catriona@hartiganlaw.com.au.