A Launceston-based training provider is alleged to have a $386,000 government debt hanging over its head, but the business owner has moved to reassure his clients their services won't be impacted.
In documents lodged with the Federal Court, the Australian Taxation Office said it wanted Avidity Training and Development to be declared insolvent.
The ATO claimed Avidity had a tax debt worth $280,000. Another $106,000 in fees are owed because of alleged unpaid superannuation entitlements.
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The case will come before the Federal Court in Hobart on March 5, but Avidity director Simon Wiggins said he expected it to resolve.
"An agreement has been reached between the parties, this is not a case of us ignoring it or disputing it," Mr Wiggins told The Examiner.
"We have been trying to negotiate a payment with the ATO since about March last year....it is incredibly difficult for a small business to navigate the system
Mr Wiggins said the ATO action would not impact the 400 Tasmanians who use Avidity.
"This is not affecting our current service delivery in any way... it is business as usual," he said.
"We are fully capable of meeting our commitments to our current learners and partners."
Avidity has offices in Hobart and Launceston, with staff also in Burnie and Devonport. The federal government-funded business was named provider of the year at the Tasmanian Training Awards in 2016 and at the Australian Training Awards in 2017.
- The ATO declined to comment because of confidentiality and legal reasons.