ATO to fast track refunds for bushfire victims

Refunds will be fast tracked for people directly affected by bushfires and they will have additional time to lodge activity statements.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has automatically deferred the lodgment and payment dates (excluding large pay as you go withholders) for activity statements to 29 April 2013 for people in some postcodes affected by recent bushfires.

"You do not need to apply for a deferral or a faster refund, it will happen automatically for people in postcodes affected by the disaster, - check our website to see if your region is included, " Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan said.

"We understand that for many people their tax affairs are the last thing on their minds right now."

"When people are ready, we will make sure they are supported in dealing with their tax obligations."

The ATO can also provide more time for people to pay tax debts and can help reconstruct tax records where documents have been destroyed.

If you have other lodgment or payment obligations during this period and need additional time or assistance, please ring us on 13 28 61.

Information on affected postcodes and new lodgment dates can be found here.


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