Remember last week's revelation that the ATO had a stockpile of 140,000 tax refund cheques it hadn't dealt with due to an IT upgrade requiring them to be reprinted? A post yesterday says that those cheques are now in the post, and a further 74,000 refunds have also been processed. Good news if you're still waiting on that money. [ATO]
ATO Says It Is Catching Up On Tax Refund Delays
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