I have come home tonight to find a $1,100 tax fine on my doorstep for apparently failing to lodge my tax returns for 2006 and 2007.
I called the tax office to explain that I was not resident in Australia at that time, as I returned to the UK in 2003 after spending 1 year on a working holiday visa. I didn't move back to Australia until August 2007.
I was then told that as I had not informed the tax office when leaving Australia in 2003, in addition to the 2006 and 2007 fines, I would also be fined for 2003, 2004, 2005... meaning now looking at a fine of over $2,500! So much for being honest!
I have been told that I can get an extension on paying the fine (which is currently due to be paid Christmas week!) whilst I appeal against the penalty.
Can anyone advise as to the chances of my appeal being successful?