November 2011 Newsletter
Dutch retiree took reasonable care, finds Tribunal
In a recent decision, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal held that a retiree had not failed to take reasonable care when he omitted foreign early retirement fund payments from the Netherlands from his 2003 to 2006 income tax returns. Among various factors, the Tribunal accepted the retiree's evidence that he had sought and received oral advice from the ATO in 2002 which was contrary to later advice contained in a "private binding ruling" issue by the ATO in 2005. The Tribunal also took into account in making its findings that the retiree had limited English and did not understand and was confused by the ruling.