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Compensation for defective ATO administration: review announced

05th Apr, 2019

Mr Robert Cornall, a former Secretary of the Attorney- General’s Department, will lead a review of the Scheme for the Compensation for Detriment Caused by Defective Administration (the CDDA Scheme).

The CDDA Scheme allows Commonwealth Government agencies (including the ATO) to pay discretionary compensation when a person or an organisation suffers as a result of defective administration but there is no legal requirement to make a payment.

Mr Cornall’s review will consider the consistency of the ATO’s CDDA Scheme processes for small businesses, the timeliness of decisions, how effectively findings are communicated, how independent decision-making can be best achieved in future, and the adequacy of compensation for small businesses that have suffered an economic and/or personal loss as a consequence of the ATO’s actions.

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Compensation for ATO systems outages

16th Nov, 2017

After the ATO’s unplanned systems outages, it provided lodgment deferrals, and remitted interest and penalties where the outages affected practitioners and their clients’ lodgments.

The ATO has also advised that it assesses claims for compensation in two ways:

  • compensation for legal liability (eg negligence); and
  • compensation under the Compensation for Detriment caused by Defective Administration (CDDA) scheme, which allows the ATO to consider claims and pay compensation for disadvantage or loss because of defective administration.

The ATO considers claims in accordance with guidelines issued by the Department of Finance.

TIP: If your tax affairs were affected by the ATO systems outages, contact us to find out if you’re eligible to seek compensation.

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