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Stressed to no end knowing that I hadn't done anything wrong.

Debt amount: 
$3500
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 11 April 2016
Period debt occurred: 
February 2014 to May 2014
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Stressed to no end knowing that I hadn't done anything wrong.
I had been made redundant from my job in January 2014 and was unemployed. 
I went to centre link in February and applied for benefits. Yes it took me a month to get the guts up to walk into one of their office and ask for a hand out.

It so happens that in the May i was re employed by a company i had been working for in the July of 2013.
I had completed one assignment in 2013 and was re-employed by the same company on a different assignment in 2014, which for the financial year provided a group certificate for the period 1.7.13 to 30.6.14

Centrelink assumed i had worked the entire year with that company and had claimed benefits i was not entitled to.

What they didn't have from the ATO was the group certificate that showed my employment with a different company ending 2014 which showed them i was actually unemployed from that date, January 2014.

Until i got to speak to a HUMAN, the computer declined everything i had put in to prove i wasnt defrauding the system.

The fact that you can only submit information on line and it comes back incorrect shows that if we employed HUMANS - PEOPLE WHO NEED A JOB, maybe this unbelievable situation wouldn't have happened.

If the ATO had provided the correct information in the first place, i WOULD NOT have had to go through this at all.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

To be honest, i feel like suing them for the stress that they caused.