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    Reminder: Tax File Number

    Just a reminder to students who are beginning university.

    Universities tend to ask for students to disclose their tax file number (TFN) in regards to payment for courses (e.g. HECS debt). To prevent any panic, I suggest all prospective students to obtain a TFN as soon as possible. If you have misplaced your TFN, I suggest you contact the ATO to recover it.
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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Repped! Giving your TFN is a legal requirement if you want to pay your fees through HECS-HELP - if you haven't told them by a certain deadline they'll require you to either pay upfront or lose your place in the course.

    If you have applied for a TFN in the past (most people apply through their schools in years 7/8 or so) and you've lost it completely they can usually tell you over the phone so it shouldn't be a huge deal, but get it organised before enrolment.

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Agreed. This is a vital consideration which a lot of people forget and also why I recommend people get it through their schools when they are in year 10/11/12... which is infinitely easier than trying to do it without the school to help (i.e. finding a JP).

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    um if u do lose ur tax file number call 13 28 61.

    but do keep in mind that you are looking at a 30 min wait on the phone if u lose it. It then takes an additional 3-5 minutes once they collect your details to find it.

    so if u lose it, call them up quickly and dont leave to last minute as chances that many kids could have lost it and will call up last minute too. This will make the waiting time longer. Also ATO gets some regular calls daily so that extends the waiting time even longer.
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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Quote Originally Posted by Trans4M View Post
    um if u do lose ur tax file number call 13 28 61.

    but do keep in mind that you are looking at a 30 min wait on the phone if u lose it. It then takes an additional 3-5 minutes once they collect your details to find it.

    so if u lost move quickly and dont leave to last minute as chances that many kids could have lost it and will call up last minute. This will add to the waiting cue so you could be waiting as long as an hour!!! not to mention the regular calls ATO receives...
    I couldn't understand a thing you just said.

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    sorry hope that makes more sense now

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    I'll call the ATO tomorrow, I can't remember mine and I'm sure I can't find the letter with my tax file number on it.
    #overandout

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    try to call as early as possible preferably before people start working. so just before 9 or 10

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Quote Originally Posted by Trans4M View Post
    um if u do lose ur tax file number call 13 28 61.

    but do keep in mind that you are looking at a 30 min wait on the phone if u lose it. It then takes an additional 3-5 minutes once they collect your details to find it.

    so if u lose it, call them up quickly and dont leave to last minute as chances that many kids could have lost it and will call up last minute too. This will make the waiting time longer. Also ATO gets some regular calls daily so that extends the waiting time even longer.
    It took me all of 5 minutes to complete the process and I didn't even have to wait.
    #overandout

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    ^u kidding me... it took me 30 minutes and man others 30 minutes.

    so u must be one very lucky person

    cause the average wait for ATO is 20 minutes

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Quote Originally Posted by Trans4M View Post
    ^u kidding me... it took me 30 minutes and man others 30 minutes.

    so u must be one very lucky person

    cause the average wait for ATO is 20 minutes
    Rang the number, pressed 1 then 1 again after listening to the prompts... and was told the call could be monitored, then the phone was answered. Easy as.
    #overandout

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    ^ i did exactly that and they said the cue is approximately 20 minutes, your call will be answered shortly

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Wow, nice heads up for anyone.

    It might be a bit late though, for anyone who hasn't obtained their TFN yet...Since the ATO is so slow.

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Quote Originally Posted by Trans4M View Post
    ^ i did exactly that and they said the cue is approximately 20 minutes, your call will be answered shortly
    Ring now just to see if you get a queue or waiting time.
    #overandout

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquawhite View Post
    Ring now just to see if you get a queue or waiting time.
    i already did it yesterday and it was a queue and so i guessed it would be the same

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Quote Originally Posted by germansuplex View Post
    Wow, nice heads up for anyone.

    It might be a bit late though, for anyone who hasn't obtained their TFN yet...Since the ATO is so slow.
    Fuuuuuuuu

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Quote Originally Posted by germansuplex View Post
    Wow, nice heads up for anyone.

    It might be a bit late though, for anyone who hasn't obtained their TFN yet...Since the ATO is so slow.
    I lost my TFN and called up last Thursday and I received it in the post on Monday.

    Now, I don't know how long the process would be for acquiring a new one altogether if you previously haven't, but I was quite pleased with the speed at which they dealt with my concern.

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    They tell you it takes 28 days for a TFN to be issued, and there's >28 days till enrolment closes, so anyone who doesn't have a TFN should be sweet

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    I think this thread may worthy of a bump considering that many students have finished their HSC by now. With the spare time, it is good to get something like this out of the way.

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    I am actually filling out that form right now. I don't understand what i am supposed to fill out on the fourth page of the tfn application form. can someone help me?

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Quote Originally Posted by iwantfreeessays View Post
    I am actually filling out that form right now. I don't understand what i am supposed to fill out on the fourth page of the tfn application form. can someone help me?
    The bit marked 'OFFICE USE ONLY'? Presumably one leaves that section for office use.
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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    I filled out a form during school but never got a letter in the mail. Should I call the number up or fill out another form?

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Quote Originally Posted by eat_well View Post
    I filled out a form during school but never got a letter in the mail. Should I call the number up or fill out another form?
    It's likely that the letter got misplaced.

    Call the ATO first to see if you can recover it.

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    Quote Originally Posted by OzKo View Post
    It's likely that the letter got misplaced.

    Call the ATO first to see if you can recover it.
    Will do.

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    Re: Reminder: Tax File Number

    i want my tfn because i found a job, how long would it take to receive one? a few friends told me it would take a month?

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