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Hello!,

I got a problem with an employer, i'm gonna explain the current situation.

 

In 2017 i've worked for an employer for just one day. In July 2018 i've received the correct payment summary just for that day worked in 2017.

 

I never worked again for him and never been in that city anymore since that day. He sent now in july 2019 a payment summary with my details for the year 2018-2019 with 1001AUD earning and 150AUD Total Tax Withheld.

I've have tried to call him every day on every number i could get, i've tried to sent him email, but he didn't answer.

On suggestion of the ATO facebook page, i've tried to call ATO i speak with an operator, i explain all the situation, and basically she told me that there is not much that ATO can do.

 

Now i'm not sure how to deal with this situation. I have to lodge my tax return, but i don't want to get in trouble for not declaring a payment summary.

 

What can i do now?

Thank you for the answer

 

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Hi @Fabioe93

 

Thanks for your patience whilst we discussed your situation with a specialist area. Please check your email address you used to register with Community as we've sent you a private email requesting some additional information about you so we can try and assist you further.

 

The information @Anonymous and @Manndy have provided is correct. Ideally, an individual is required to lodge their income tax return with correct information. If you've taken all reasonable steps in contacting a previous employer to issue a correct payment summary but your attempts have been unsuccessful, a return can be lodged and any incorrect pre-fill data can be removed. However, this can cause a data-matching error as the information we have is incorrect to the information you've reported in your return.

 

Please don't lodge your return just yet and reply back to our email with the additional information we've requested.

 

Thanks, JodieH.

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Hi
The ATO are correct, as they have no control over the payment summary an employer issues. The only party that can amend / correct the payment summary issue is the party that issued that payment summary.

The other problem you have is that when you go to lodge your return the information on that payment summary are going to show in myTax as prefill information, and this could cause a number of problems for you. So if you are going to lodge your return online just have a look and see if the payment summary is already on your return or give the ATO a call and they may be able to see it.

You need to get hold of that employer to correct the situation otherwise the ATO will assume the information on that payment summary are correct and even if you lodge a paper return without that information the ATO systems will automatically detect that you have not included it and they will amend your return to include that information.

Only other thing you can do is contact  https://www.fairwork.gov.au/contact-us   and see if they can assist with this.

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Not sure why @Anonymous thinks calling the call center is going to help you if you have already spoken to them??
@Fabioe93 You need to lodge the correct information you can override prefill data in myTax. Keep trying to get onto your employer as well. If you do get audited as @Anonymous points out below you can explain that you've tried doing the right thing repeatedly and lodged the correct information. Im sure they would understand your situation if that did happen.

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Hi @Fabioe93  @Manndy 

 

If you over-ride the information that is on the pre-fill it will not match the data the ATO have and then it will stop the return and you will be queried about this.

 

https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Lodging-your-tax-return/Lodge-online/Pre-filling-your-online-tax-...

 

When the ATO review a situation like this they simply do not work from what they are told, they need evidence that what you say is correct and they will most likely just proceed with amending your return to include what they consider to be the correct information because they would have received a payment summary from the employer.   This can get very messy as then you will have to lodge an objection against the assessment raised and in the lack of evidence they will disallow your objection.

 

If the ATO were to just work off someone's word such someone claiming they never worked for this employer or that employer then no one would be paying any tax and it would be a free for all. 

 

The ATO work on facts supported by evidence and this is why its important to make sure you have this sorted before you lodge, and hence the reason for contacting the ATO to see if the incorrect information is already on your account.

 

 

 

 

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Hi @Fabioe93,

 

Thanks for getting in touch!

 

We're confirming information about your situation with a specialist area and we hope to get back to you as soon as possible with further information.

 

Thanks, JodieH.

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Hi, thanks to all for the answers. I still tried to get in touch with him but he didn't answer.

I will wait the answer of the ATO on how to deal with this situation.

 

Thanks again

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Hi @Fabioe93

 

Thanks for your patience whilst we discussed your situation with a specialist area. Please check your email address you used to register with Community as we've sent you a private email requesting some additional information about you so we can try and assist you further.

 

The information @Anonymous and @Manndy have provided is correct. Ideally, an individual is required to lodge their income tax return with correct information. If you've taken all reasonable steps in contacting a previous employer to issue a correct payment summary but your attempts have been unsuccessful, a return can be lodged and any incorrect pre-fill data can be removed. However, this can cause a data-matching error as the information we have is incorrect to the information you've reported in your return.

 

Please don't lodge your return just yet and reply back to our email with the additional information we've requested.

 

Thanks, JodieH.

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