Good news first, they have annulled it.
Took me less than 5 minutes on the phone, to convince the ATO to waiver the late lodgement penalty.
I lodged my 07-08 personal tax return in the last few days of June 09, and they hit me with a $550 late lodgement penalty.
First time I have been ATO fined, although have been late before.
I lodge via an accountant, and thought I had till 30 May 09, but apparently if you were late the year before, you have to lodge by 31 October.
My tax affairs are complicated, and I had medical issues around lodgement deadline time.
I must say the ATO operative was most pleasant, and waived the fine and issued me with a receipt number. A bouquet to her
I still have to talk to my accountant about a discrepancy I seem to have.
My message to people is; if you have a penalty applied, please be aware there are various levels of appeal to have it waived or reduced.
I didnt think it would be that easy, I did not even have to provide written evidence
A similar thing happened when we got flooded and had no power for 6.5 days...Centrelink knocked us back on the "Disaster Relief Payment", after talking to my wife on the phone.
I appealed, and they reversed the decision, over the phone, just like that, amount was over 3k.
I have had a few fines and penalties reduced over the years, a few hours research and work can save you plenty