Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tax Refunds in Brisbane

There's a great story in the news today about how the tax office works here.
When I see the way some things happen here, I really appreciate them. Simple things like being able to travel on a bus or train into the city. Phillip was waiting to catch a bus soon after he arrived here and the person next to him complained that the bus was a few minutes late -- We just really appreciate the fact that we have access to public transport.
Well I had a laugh when I read this headline Tempers as taxman takes time. What does it mean to 'take time', I wondered?
Last year we couldn't believe when Phillip had his tax refund cheque arrive in the post box literally days after our accountant had sent the return. Incredible!
Well there is frustration that tax returns have taken up to four months to process. Doesn't sound too long, but it's certainly well in excess of the normal 14-business-day turnaround. The delay is due to the implementation of a new processing system.
The tax commissioner even said that taxpayers who were owed a refund and had to wait more than 30 days for their assessment notice would be paid interest!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The School Dilemma

I have recently written a blog on the SAbona website about some issues relating to schooling in Australia especially as a new arrival from Southern Africa.
It's been the catalyst for quite a lot of debate and discussion about choosing a school for your children and may be useful if you're moving to Australia or looking for schools for your kids.
You can read it here.
Please comment on that site if you have some experience that could help others, or ask questions if you're looking for more info.