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What powers does the taxman have to access your information?

August 7, 2014

When it comes to collecting tax money owing, the Tax Office has considerable legal powers at its disposal. This isn’t all that surprising, given that government coffers would be empty were it not for the activities of its principal revenue collection agency. But just how far can the Tax Office go in its efforts to…

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Did you know… The ATO wants your personal contact details

August 7, 2014

The Individual tax return 2014 for tax agents includes additional fields asking us to provide your email address and mobile phone number. The Tax Office states that this will enable it to directly contact you with any queries about your tax and superannuation affairs. Note however these fields are not mandatory, and can be left…

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Data matching, and how the ATO uses it

February 12, 2013

Tax in Australia is based on a system of “self-assessment”, which means every taxpayer is required to provide all the information needed to complete a tax return. Under self-assessment, any information you give to the ATO is accepted as being accurate and complete, and the ATO does not take on the responsibility of completing people’s…

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