The ATO guidelines for release of tax debt related to the type of tax debt and your situation. As such, in certain cases, you may be able to be released from the tax debt however you need to show serious hardship if you were to pay the tax debt. Although, the term serious hardship is a grey area without clear guidelines.
We have seen cases where clients are released entirely from tax debt, though it is infrequent. As a result, the most common result is a remission of the penalties and the general interest charge (GIC). However, the ATO will want to assess all financials and BAS lodgment up to current date to allow them to understand your full tax obligation.
In most cases, there is a mix of tax debts payable that can and cannot be released. As such, in most cases, you would require a mix of either release of tax debt, ato payment plans, or help with tax debt loans to pay out the tax debt entirely.
Contact us or seek professional advice to discuss your options.