Videos

How scammers tried to trick me out of $7,000 by pretending to be the ATO

In August 2019, I received a call from someone pretending to be from the ATO. I recognised the scam immediately but kept them on the phone for 25 minutes. Then I made a video about it.

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

The ATO often sends garnishee notices to banks, requiring the bank to transfer 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 else – can the ATO access the money in that account too? Watch this video to find out.

Can the ATO re-raise a tax debt that it has previously written off?

The ATO can write off a tax debt if it decides that it would not be economical to pursue the debt. However, the ATO can re-raise this debt down the track. Watch this video to find out more about this and what to do if this has happened to you.

Does the ATO still impose the general interest charge when you are in a payment plan?

Usually, the ATO will continue to charge the general interest charge on tax debts, even when you are in a payment plan. Find out more in this video.

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

This video answers the question: ‘how do I know if the ATO has made a Departure Prohibition Order (DPO) against me, to stop me from leaving the country?’

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

In this video, Catriona Hartigan of Hartigan Law outlines the steps the ATO will take if it wants to make you bankrupt.

Can I go to jail for not paying my tax debt?

This video by Catriona Hartigan of Hartigan Law answers the question: ‘Can I go to jail for not paying my tax debt?’ The quick answer is ‘no’ – but there are other tax related things you can do that could send you to jail!