We need to change tax law so people can get their own money back

Eighteen cases where people were denied refunds is a disturbing trend

If you’re owed tax back, then make a timely claim. Picture: Getty

A former mentor of mine has an expression – “once is an issue, twice is a trend”. So what would you call 18 times? Answer: the application of our tax law.

Just before Christmas, the Tax Appeal Commission (a form of tax court) published a decision where the Appeal Commissioner saw no choice but to rule against a taxpayer on a tax refund. I say “no choice” because in her view the law was clear ...