Taxpayers attempting to obtain the Australian Taxation Office’s on the web portal are remaining requested to wait around in a virtual queue thanks to a partial degradation of company.

Experiences of the queuing technique emerged on Monday, with some consumers positioned into the queue immediately after logging into the ATO’s ‘online products and services for individuals’ system.

A information on the system reads: “You’re in the queue. To guarantee the stability and accessibility of our on the web products and services we are at the moment running the amount of people that can login.”

End users not willing to wait around for others to logout right before accessing the system are informed to “try once more later”.

The queue technique attracted ridicule from consumers, who ended up notably stunned to see this kind of a information right before the 2020-21 tax time hurry.

“So seemingly the tax department web page has a queue now. Does the ATO know internet sites never have queues?” one person wrote.

“What’s the go with this? I thought the entire issue of an on the web portal was so that people and business house owners didn’t have to wait around in mobile phone queues or take up human methods,” an additional reported.

The ATO’s ‘online servies for agents’ system was also impacted, with one person labelling the have to have to queue “an absolute disgrace”.  

A spokesperson acknowledged that “some consumers have been enduring intermittent concerns with [the ATO’s] on the web services”, which it is “investigating as a make a difference of priority”.

“Yesterday ATO’s techniques professional slow reaction periods and partial degradation of company,” the spokesperson informed iTnews.

“The virtual queuing technique was activated to control person traffic and guarantee technique efficiency for ATO on the web consumers,” the spokesperson reported.

ATO consumers ended up however reporting concerns accessing the ATO’s on the web products and services on Tuesday.

But the queuing technique by itself is not strictly new it was launched in April 2020 to control the effect of the government’s early obtain superannuation and JobKeeper strategies.

“We predicted to see a important increase in the quantity of person traffic working with ATO On the net. This increase in traffic in switch improves the load on our main techniques,’ the spokesperson reported.

“The virtual queuing technique is a tool for making certain continuity of company underneath circumstances of abnormal desire or unexpected situations effecting technique efficiency.”

iTnews has, having said that, been unable to obtain any prior reference to the queuing technique, even nevertheless the ATO On the net crashed on the to start with working day of the 2020-21 money calendar year.

Retailer Kmart trialled a identical queuing technique in reaction to amplified traffic in the course of Covid-19 previous calendar year, which also drew the ire of consumers.

Unlike the Kmart technique, having said that, the ATO technique is not able to estimate the size of the predicted wait around.

“The size of time in the queue is not able to be forecast it is dependent on company reaction periods and the switching quantity of consumers in the technique,” the ATO spokesperson reported.