The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has accidentally issued some false tax debt letters to a number of taxpayers due to an IT problem that triggered automated letters. The letters demanded debts be paid back within two weeks, some even dated back over five years.
This issue first occurred in January when a change to the ATO’s system caused general interest charges to be incorrectly allocated to taxpayer accounts.
The ATO has assured taxpayers that if they have received these false letters that they do not need to arrange payment and collection action will not be taken on the affected accounts. Any further automated letters or calls from the ATO can be ignored while they make resolving this issue a priority and amend the affected client accounts.
If you or your business has recently received a letter with the title ‘You have an overdue tax debt’ please feel free to contact our office before making any payments so we can confirm its legitimacy. Alternatively, the ATO has encouraged anyone with concerns to call them on 13 28 66.
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