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Bechtel workers wait on ATO's mass tax audit court case

The ATO has advised Bechtel employees to resubmit their tax. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
The ATO has advised Bechtel employees to resubmit their tax. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven GLA100915TAX

THE mass tax audit on Curtis Island Bechtel workers is coming to an end.

Since the Australian Taxation Office began issuing warnings in September last year almost 5000 people's tax returns have changed.

About half of those were voluntary adjustments.

The other half were forced after the tax office audited individual workers' claims.

>> MAY 19: 'I'll do what it takes to fight the ATO': Bechtel worker

>>FEB. 10 Tax firm makes official complaint to ATO

>> NOV. 20 Last chance for Bechtel employees to fix tax

>> OCT. 28 ATO releases details on Curtis Island Bechtel claims

>> OCT. 23 Thousands of Curtis Island workers sweat on giant tax audit

>> SEP. 11 Accountant says tax sheet for Bechtel workers has errors

Work-related expenses were the main point of contention for the tax office which expressed concern some workers had made claims, particularly regarding meals and travel, that weren't valid.

Meanwhile, one Gladstone tax agent has challenged the tax office's views and lodged two applications on behalf of taxpayers appealing the ruling.

Six months later workers are still waiting for a decision.

The Observer contacted Corporate Accountants Pty Ltd for comment on the two submissions lodged with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in March, however, received no response.

Corporate Accountants senior partner Naomi Faivalu had previously said the matters would go to mediation and then proceed to court.

But the AAT has now confirmed no ruling has been made on the objections which are still before the tribunal.

"We are unable to provide any information about the decision under review," an AAT spokesperson said.

"The application has not yet been finalised and remains before the AAT."

Topics:  ato audit australian taxation office bechtel gladstone industry tax



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