Tax Bonus in 2013 ... from 2009

Tax Bonus in 2013 ... from 2009

There are media reports in August 2013 that some people, including non-residents of Australia such as 457 Visa holders who have left the country, are receiving the tax bonus payment of up to $900 from the 2009 tax year.

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You may recall that as part of the Federal Government stimulus package announced in late 2008, that for individuals who had a certain income could receive a tax bonus cheque of up to $900.

Reports that the Australian Taxation Office are still issuing cheques, is quite incredible.  But information about how or why this is occurring, is quite thin on the ground.

And it is technically wrong.  One of the eligibility criteria to obtain the tax bonus was that you needed to lodge an income tax return for the 2008 tax year (1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008), and that the income tax return needed to be lodged by 30 June 2009.

If the tax return was lodged from 1 July 2009 and you met all other qualifying criteria, you missed-out.

How could it be, that the ATO is still issuing refund cheques?

Tax Services Australia suspects there are some people that left Australia, such as Aussies who left Australia to live and work overseas and people in Australia on working visas never received their cheque entitlement.  So for the last 3+ years, the amounts have simply been sitting in their accounts with the ATO since their tax returns were processed.

It seems the ATO are now simply trying to clear their systems, with all these refunds for which they did not have bank account details for the taxpayers, or did not have their current addresses.

So this one looks like a bit of a media beat-up.

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