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ATO To Send 'Certainty Letters' To Taxpayers

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

29 November 2016


The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has said it will send "certainty letters" to some taxpayers to confirm that it has completed its routine information checks and they have satisfied their tax obligations for the year.

In a bulletin for tax advisers, the ATO said that the letters will confirm that the ATO will not conduct a further review or audit of the relevant client's tax return. However, clients will still be required to keep their tax records.

The ATO told advisers that if a client does not receive a letter it does not mean something is wrong with their tax return. The ATO explained: "We have only selected a group of taxpayers to receive letters based on specific criteria. We began issuing certainty letters in 2015 as part of a trial and are continuing to trial this for 2016."

The initial letters will be issued to taxpayers who have linked the ATO to their myGov online accounts. The ATO is consulting on how to send certainty letters to taxpayers who do not use myGov.

TAGS: compliance | tax | value added tax (VAT) | tax compliance | revenue guidance | law | audit | Australia | tax authority | individual income tax | VAT compliance matters

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