Beware of the "jackboot" tactics of the ATO

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Old 23rd October 2010, 12:06 PM
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I am an Australian living and working in the Middle East in what is a tax free environment.

Recently my accountant in Australia forwarded me an (Australian Tax Office) ATO query on a deposit that was "supposedly" made to my Australian bank account on 30 June 2009 of approximately five and half thousand dollars.

Scratching my head, I scowed the only 2 known accounts and was unable to locate the exact amount, even looking at Jun/Jul/Aug statements.

I again queried the amount and was told the ATO will not release any information .... got to be joking, I am simply asking them to double check the amount as reported to me. (god forbid they were human and actually made a mistake!) ....

I then contacted the accountant in Australia, with copies of the statements and was told, they will not accept this it is up to you to prove otherwise.... hello ????? I am providing copies of the bank account number they are querying and that's not good enough ...... derr! ......

Over and over again, documents were forwarded back and forth until eventually things went quiet .....

It turns out that the ATO have automatic right of access to your bank accounts, without your permission. As happened with me, they can claim what ever without any evidence and its entirely up to you to disprove ..... talk about big brother ...!

Eventually it turned out (don't ask me how) the amount they were querying was totally wrong, but you guest it, it was still up to me to disprove their wrong amount.

At no time did they approach me for permission and the amount that was in question was way below their $10,000 AUD reportable limit.

Any apology even to this day ... got to be joking !!! ......

Just make sure you keep looking over your shoulder would be my best advice !!! ..

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