Posts Tagged: debt collection

Can the ATO use a garnishee notice to access money in a joint account?

The ATO can issue a garnishee notice as a way of collecting overdue tax debts. Garnishee notices are often sent to banks, requiring the transfer of funds in a taxpayer's account directly to the ATO as payment towards their tax debt. But what happens if the taxpayer has a bank account with someone ...

5 ways the ATO collects tax debts from individuals [infographic]

  Need help to deal with a tax debt? The ATO has a lot of ways that it can collect tax debts from individuals. Here are 5 tools that it can use against you when you owe a tax debt.   RELATED ARTICLES: [Video] The steps the ATO will take if it wants to make you bankrupt  ...

The steps the ATO will take if it wants to make you bankrupt

This video outlines the steps the ATO will take if it wants to make you bankrupt. https://youtu.be/NkWNg_6_qGc TRANSCRIPT Hi, it's Catriona, from Hartigan Law. In this video, I want to talk about the steps that the Tax Office will take if it wants to make you bankrupt. There are quite a few steps, so stick with ...

7 tips for a successful phone call to the ATO

If you're stressed about making a call to the ATO, then these 7 steps will help. As a tax disputes expert, I spend a lot of time on the phone to the ATO, sorting out problems for my clients. I follow these steps for every phone call I make - and you should too. 1. Call ...

How the ATO uses legal action to collect tax debts from an individual

These are the steps that the ATO takes when it starts legal action to recover a tax debt from an individual (i.e. as a sole trader, an employee, or a partner in a partnership). Different steps apply to a company that owes the ATO a tax debt. When will the ATO use legal action ...

The ATO’s ‘because I said so’ rule – the conclusive evidence rule

If you find yourself with a tax debt, it is important to know about the conclusive evidence rule. You need to know that a tax debt is not like most other debts. Tax debts have a special status under the tax law. This special status weighs in the ATO’s favour. Usually, if a creditor wants ...