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Monday, 26 March 2001
Page: 25671


Ms Jann McFarlane asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 10 May 2000:

(1) Have any claims for compensation for defective administration made to the Australian Tax Office over the period of 1996 to 2000 been paid out either improperly or incorrectly to the wrong person; if so, (a) how many were paid and (b) what sum was paid.

(2) Is compensation still owed to another party with respect to these claims.


Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The Assistant Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) As at 31 December 1999, 13 claims for compensation for defective administration totaling $5215.50 were paid to a tax agent directly in circumstances where the tax agent's client, rather than the tax agent, ought to have brought the claim. In all 13 claims, compensation was paid to the one tax agent. The ATO has taken action internally to ensure that in the future claims of this kind are made by or on behalf of taxpayers.

(2) No.