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Tax office 'bungle' must be investigated

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M E D IA RELEASE J&ft SENATOR T O N Y MESSNER S H A D O W MINISTER FOR FINANC E A N D T A X A T IO NT H E SENATE 6 / 8 5TAX OFFICE 'BUNGLE' CLAIM MUST BE INVESTIGATEDReports of a Tax Office bungle concerning the new tax tables introduced in the 1984/5 Budget cast serious doubts upon its capacity to cope with changes flowing from the tax package brought down last week.Senator Tony Messner - the Shadow Minister for Finance and Taxation - called upon the Treasurer to immediately investigate the claims of a Tax Office 'bungleT."There have been a number of reports lately of delays and backlogs in the Tax Office.""Given that these represented the situation before the latest changes, the present situation must be desperate.""While it can be expected that enquiries to the Office may fall off in the near future, they are likely to increase in both number and complexity once the legislative detail of the changes are known.""Yet there has apparently been no provision made by the Gov­ernment to deal with this situation,"Senator Messner said that that the Hawke Government; should put as much effort into the collection of taxes as it did into thinking up new tax measures."Increased effort in this area to ensure everybody paid their due amount of tax might even eliminate the need for this Government to continue down the high taxing path.""The ALP was quick to criticise the Tax Office under the previous Government; two and a half years on it must nowaccept the responsibility for any mismanagement."ADELAIDE 24 SEPTEMBER 1985Contact: Barry 0 'Farrell (08) 213 2240REPRESENTING IN THE S EN A TtJH F . SH AD O W TREASURER A N D SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION A N D ETHNIC AFFAIRS