Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My 100th Post

I have waited serveral days to write this post, so that I can find a good topic and celebrate this 100th post. Ok, Here is what I found: “Why you are stilling waiting for Kevin Rudd Money”


Now the ATO has been saying since day one that the payments will take a while to get through to everyone - they’re telling people to not even bother calling to ask until mid-May because they’ve got more than 7 million people to pay. 

So here’s the answer: it’s entirely random… based on your postcode.  This is from the genuinely helpful ATO tax bonus FAQ page:

All cheque and EFT payments will be made using a post code selection process that is randomly generated, ensuring all post codes are evenly distributed to each state and territory each night (using the Australia Post predetermined percentage spread). For this reason and because of security concerns, we are not planning to publish a distribution schedule.

So there you go - it’s totally random who gets it and when.  And it looks like each night the ATO supercomputer picks some numbers out of thin air and doles out some cash.  And in an effort to spread an equal number of payments to each post code each night, it could be that you get your payment but your spouse/partner/flatmate/pet misses out.

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