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Tuesday, 23 September 1958

Mr FOX (HENTY, VICTORIA) - I preface a question to the Prime Minister in his capacity as acting Treasurer by stating that, when income tax returns are submitted through agents, the taxpayer's assessment and all subsequent communications, including the advice of intention to summons the taxpayer for nonpayment of tax, are addressed to the taxpayer, care of his agent. The actual summons is delivered to the taxpayer at his private address, and this is sometimes the first advice the taxpayer has that his payment is overdue. Will the Prime Minister consider requesting the Taxation Branch to advise the taxpayer direct, by registered mail, of the intention to issue a summons for the recovery of overdue taxes in order to spare the taxpayer unnecessary embarrassment which may be caused by the remissness of his agent?

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