Just wondering if there is anything I can do avoid the ATO hunting me for income tax. I've been a stay at home mum for 12 months now. Because I earned too much prior when I was working I did qualify for any baby bonus or any assistance at all. I have no income now for 12 months and am getting no government assistance. However the ATO debt collectors are now after me to pay $9,000. $4k for each of the 2 quarters finished in this financial year so far. My tax agent says I must pay. Then when I put in a zero tax return in July 2014 I may get it back!!! Can they honestly get away with this? I stay at home, I have no income!