Tax Office gave an ultimatum to Australian student arrearsPublish By David K. Barger Updated 25/08/2011 3:54 pm in Politics / no comments
The government will take actions to sanction 45 Australian arrears, whose total debts amount to 1.2 million NZD.
For the moment, the warning letter has been sent to those arrears and requires them to pay the debts within 30 days, or they will be sued.
NZ Tax Office has set out to prepare the indictment, and will send the resolution documents after the court decision takes effect.
In addition, Tax Office also outsources recalling debts business. It is learned that the number of arrears has reached 500. Arrears of 45 students are the most, up to 1.2 million, 367 thousand unpaid overdue.
“It’s a terrible number, thus recalling the loans is a necessity.” Tax Office Minister Peter Dunne said.
Those arrears are among 24-35 years old, the government has been in touch with them for about a year, but they seem not to consider about paying the debts.
An anonymous 37-year-old arrear loaned 18,000 NZD in 1997 when he left New Zealand, and he estimated that he will have to pay 50,000 NZD or so. But the young man thought the government has no documents of him, thus they can do nothing about him, and he doesn’t plan to pay the debts, neither will he get back to New Zealand.
However, another arrear in Australia suggested that the wage level in Australia is far better than that of New Zealand, thus most arrears could make enough money to pay for their loans.