ATO under fire for missing super
By MIKARLA THURECHT
TRY telling Barry Tracey that cashing in your superannuation is supposed to be easy.
He won't believe you. In fact, Barry will tell you a totally different tale.
Not only did the Bouldercombe man find out that his former boss John Schiemer Earthmoving had not paid his super for 10 years, but once the money was finally recovered, he didn't expect to have to fight to get it back from the very people who were sup- posed to be keeping it safe ? the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Today, Barry's super is still sit- ting in limbo with the ATO de- spite a two-year battle to reclaim what is rightfully his.
But just when you thought Barry's saga couldn't get any worse, then comes the excuse ? a computer problem is apparently to blame for the hold-up.
Barry and wife Clare said ATO staff had told them on many occa- sions that they were having com- puter problems which meant they were unable to send his cheque for about $12,000.
The money has been with the ATO since May 2004.
Member for Capricornia Kir- sten Livermore yesterday pre- sented Barry's plight to Parlia- ment. She told Parliament that who could blame the Traceys for believing the ATO was a joke.