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    Question Tax Question.

    Okay, I've set myself into a bit of a muddle.

    My ex-employer has sent the last three years of group certificates to an incorrect address despite the fact that I changed my address and asked them to be resent. Last year, at tax time, I tried for two months to get in touch with the company and after a changeover of hands, noone would get back to me. I even put in a request for contact via their customer service complaint website and still nothing.

    Last year I contacted the tax office and they told me the bets thing for me to do was go back through my netbanking and/or statements and work it out use a calculator on the website to work out roughly how much i would have paid and then do a Stat Dec. Problem #2 here is that I wasn't on a full time salary - I was a casual employee earning anywhere between $70 and $160 a week. So of course, that backfired.

    As such I haven't completed a tax return in, well... a long time.



    So - what do I do this year? I've been sent around the block trying to figure out last years and I gave up. So do I just submit this years and when questioned / fined / whatever - do I just explain / take the hit / whatever.

    I'm so confused by all this stuff and I did have it all together including CL statements as well, but after moving three times in the last 12 months I can't find any of it and I'm so frustrated by it all because it's not my blooming fault! Well, I guess it is, but i had it ready to be submitted for a loooong time.

    I know there's a high possibility I'm going to owe tax, and that's fine, whatever, I'll have to pay it off installments, what's peeving me is that now I don't know how to go about it. Because once again, in the last two weeks I've tried contacting the compnay again, to no avail.

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    When an employer processes the payment summaries for the year they also send a report to the ATO with all the details. So the ATO has access to your figures from that employer. Years ago I had an employer refuse to resend a copy, even though they have to, my accountant was still able to do my return, but could not give me a figure for a refund. I would suggest if you are not doing so already go to an accountant to get it all sorted, especially as there are past returns to complete.

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    DH was unable to get one of his payment summaries when we had to catch him up on SEVEN years worth of tax a couple of years back. the accountant simply put in a nil return - so they took whatever amount of tax he'd paid that year and didn't allow him to claim it back - as Astrid said, ATO should have a record of the amount you were paid...

    c'link wise you can request a copy of your payment summary to be reissued


    FWIW - because we got the accountant to do the return, we didn't end up having any penalties for all the previous years - no idea why though...

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    Thanks

    So would I just put in the CL amounts then and not from the previous employer?

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    i wouldn't omit the other amounts - i would take what i have to an accountant, tell them you can't get the details from the former employer, and let them do their thing. it might cost you a little bit, but it gets it dealt with and out of the way

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    Okay, excellent. Thanks BG!

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