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I felt physically sick when I opened the letter

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Period debt occurred: 
January 2009 to December 2011
Payment Type: 
Family Tax Benefit
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I felt physically sick when I opened the letter. I had sleepless nights of worrying about the whole situation. I was stressed and worried for the the 3 months that it took to resolve the issue.

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

Even though I appealed the debt they still took my tax refund and I had to pay $200 a fortnight until the matter was resolved. I feel that they took money that they had no right to take as I did not have a debt. It's like you get punished before the court case is held! Just wrong!