Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I LOVE THE A.T.O.!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I'm shouting in capital letters, and I make no apologies. A.T.O. stands for Australian Taxation Office, and I must be their biggest (probably the only) fan! I have just lodged our (Ken's and mine) tax returns online, for the third year in a row and each year it becomes a little bit easier. The ATO store all your details in their system, so when you log in, you don't have to type all the boring stuff all over again (name, address, etc.). It is relatively easy to follow the instructions, but you do have to concentrate; Ken didn't help matters by coming in and whistling loudly as he turned his computer on!

This year we are both getting another nice fat refund, which will ever so slightly reduce the awful bank balance we have at the moment. Ken said he wants to spend his refund on something big, and I just looked at him - didn't need to say a word. One of the many benefits of the ATO's online system is that you can elect to have your refund paid directly into your bank account, instead of waiting for a cheque. So if he wants to spend it, he is going to have to withdraw it at the bank, and that's just a bit too hard for the MOTH!

YEE HAH! On that happy note, I'm off to bed.
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PS Thanks again Pete, for encouraging me to have a go at online Tax, those three years ago!

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