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$1bn boost for tax avoidance crackdown

Jotham Lian
Jotham Lian
03 April 2019 1 minute readShare

Over $1 billion will be pumped into the Tax Office to scrutinise tax avoidance schemes and strategies as the government looks to expand its crackdown on tax avoidance.

As announced in the federal budget, the government plans to provide $1 billion over four years from 2019–20 to the ATO, in order to extend the operation of the Tax Avoidance Taskforce and to expand the taskforce’s programs and market coverage.

The additional funding is expected to rake in $3.6 billion over the forward estimates period.

According to budget papers, the measure will boost the taskforce’s ability to target multinationals, large public and private groups, trusts and high-wealth individuals.

The tax integrity measure will be aimed to allow the ATO to increase its scrutiny on specialist tax advisers and intermediaries that promote tax avoidance schemes and strategies.

Tax and super liabilities

Further to the $1 billion funding, the Tax Office is set to receive an additional $42.1 million over four years to increase its activities to recover unpaid tax and superannuation liabilities from larger business and high-net-wealth individuals.

It is understood that this new measure will not extend to small businesses.

This measure is estimated to have no revenue impact in fiscal balance terms over the forward estimates period.

In underlying cash balance terms, this measure is estimated to have a gain to the budget of $103.6 million over the forward estimates period.

The measure is estimated to increase GST payments to the states and territories by $41.8 million over the forward estimates period.

$1bn boost for tax avoidance crackdown
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Jotham Lian
Jotham Lian

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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