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Wednesday, 6 December 1911

Senator VARDON (South Australia) .- I wish to ask the Vice-President of the Executive Council whether it is not possible to give better notices throughout the country of what taxpayers are required to do under the Act. A great many persons are liable to heavy fines because they have not made the necessary returns, although they did not know that they were obliged to make them. One man came to me some time ago in a great state of excitement, and told me he had been served with a notice that he was liable to a fine of £100 for having failed to furnish a return. I accompanied him to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, where I discovered that he was not only liable to a fine of £100, but to a second fine of a similar amount because of his neglect to supply a return in respect of the previous year. He assured me that he had not received any notice on the matter, and that he was unaware that he had to make these returns. I have heard of a great number of complaints of a similar character. Indeed, I nearly fell into error myself last year because I failed to observe the notice which was published in the Gazette. If the Government can give more publicity to what is required of taxpayers it will greatly facilitate the working of the Act.

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