How to object to an ATO decision

Australian Taxation Office
www.ato.gov.au

You should consider lodging an objection to a decision the ATO have made about your tax affairs if:

  • you disagree with the way they have interpreted the law; for example, you disagree with an amended assessment they have given you
  • you’re uncertain about your interpretation of the law (for example, you’re not sure whether you should have included some income on your tax return or claimed some expenses)
  • you want the option of seeking an external review if they don’t agree with you
  • they have made a decision to retain a refund.

As a general principle, the ATO expect you to pay all tax debts on time even if you are disputing the debt. If you don’t pay the tax debt by the due date it will attract a general interest charge (GIC) for late payment (except excise debts, which are not subject to interest charges).

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