Tax Debt Dispute Lawyers
The constantly evolving and intricate tax laws can present an ongoing challenge for compliance. However, having a reliable and proficient team of tax dispute lawyers can significantly impact the outcome.
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What are ATO Tax Debts?
ATO tax debts are the taxes you owe to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). These debts can arise when you fail to pay your tax liabilities on time, or if the ATO determines that you have underpaid your taxes. ATO tax debt is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. If left unresolved, it can lead to serious financial consequences such as fines and interest charges, garnishment of wages or bank accounts, or even legal action.
Our experienced tax debt dispute lawyers can help you resolve any outstanding tax debt issues with the ATO and protect your rights. We can negotiate on your behalf with the ATO to reduce any fines and interest charges associated with your debt, as well as work out a payment plan that meets both parties’ needs.
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At Stonegate Legal, we have a thorough understanding of the Australian Taxation Office and its policies. We are well-versed in the laws and regulations that govern tax debt disputes and will fight hard to ensure that you get a fair and equitable resolution. Our team of tax lawyers are highly experienced in this field, having worked with numerous clients to resolve their ATO tax debt issues. We understand how stressful it can be to deal with the ATO, so we will work diligently on your behalf to protect your rights and get the best outcome for you.
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We understand that tax debt disputes can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Our team of experienced tax dispute lawyers are here to provide you with the legal advice and representation you need to resolve your ATO tax debt dispute efficiently and effectively. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and that you get the best possible outcome in your situation. With our reliable and proficient team of tax lawyers, we can help you significantly impact the outcome of your dispute with the ATO.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A director penalty notice is a legal document issued by the ATO to a company's director for failure to meet PAYG, Superannuation Guarantee Charge, and GST obligations. It gives the director 21 days to pay or take action. The ATO can also issue a lockdown notice that makes the director instantly liable for the tax debts.
Yes, the ATO can issue a garnishee notice to banks, employers, suppliers, and others who owe money to the tax debtor. The notice can cause cashflow problems and harm your business reputation. It is important to seek legal advice promptly upon receiving a garnishee notice.
A creditor’s statutory demand is a formal request from the ATO to a tax debtor company, without needing a money judgment. The debtor then has 21 days to pay, compound the tax debt, request withdrawal, or make a court application.
If the debtor does not comply with the demand within 21 days, they may be presumed insolvent and face a winding-up application.
If you do not pay your taxes, the ATO may take legal action against you or your business. This could include issuing a director penalty notice or garnishee notice, or making a creditor's statutory demand. The ATO could also take steps to recover the debt from other sources such as your bank accounts, personal property, and wages. If you fail to comply with the ATO's demands, you may be subject to fines and prosecution. It is important to seek legal advice promptly upon receiving any notices from the ATO.
The amount of time you have to pay a tax debt depends on the type of debt. For example, the ATO may give you 21 days to respond to a director penalty notice or creditor's statutory demand. The ATO may also give you an extended time period for payment arrangements or for lodging an objection. It is important to check the specific details of your notice and contact the ATO if you need more time.
In some cases, the ATO can seize your assets to recover a tax debt. This is known as third-party debt recovery. The ATO may take control of your bank accounts, shares, and other property to cover the amount owing. They may also apply levies or liens on your property. It is important to contact the ATO as soon as possible if you receive a notice of seizure or any other legal action. You may be able to dispute the debt or arrange an alternate payment plan.