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AG’s old building a waste of energy

Lights are on at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department empty old building, and is anyone home at the Tax Office?

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What is a leak? Job losses at News Ltd?

A robust round of SackWatch rumours in today’s edition of tips and rumours.

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ATO leakers exempt from Boucher inquiry

Senior ATO investigators who breached the secrecy provisions of the tax office will not be prosecuted, thanks to the Boucher Review’s terms of reference, writes Chris Seage.

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ATO stuff-up could pull $22 out of your stimulus

A problem at the ATO is the reason why many Australians haven’t got their $900 tax bonus from the Federal Government yet, says Crikey intern Elly Keating.

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Millions at risk in ATO security bungle

Millions of taxpayer dollars are at risk from criminal gangs accessing private tax details due to a serious Australian Taxation Office security bungle, writes Chris Seague.

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Hoges laughs all the way to the bank in ACC payout

Taxpayers are going to have to foot the bill of a multi million dollar payout to Hogan to cover his legal bills, writes Chris Seage.

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Phoenix companies: a lurk on the rise

A showdown is looming between the Australian Taxation Office and Liquidators over the explosion in use of phoenix companies, writes Chris Seage.

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Lowy tax bloodhound shunned by audit committee

The chair of federal parliament’s powerful Public Accounts and Audit Committee Sharon Grierson has been left red-faced after telling Parliament in June that there was no compelling evidence for changing tax office settlement guidelines, writes Chris Seage.

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Crikey says

The more information that emerges about Frank Lowy’s multifarious tax arrangements, the more damage is being inflicted on Lowy’s formidable reputation.

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The Lowy tax settlement: I was there

I know nothing about the Lowy tax case except what I have read about in the papers. But that particular day I will never forget. It was as if the tax office had lost its innocence, writes a former ATO officer who was there.

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Frank Lowy, my part in his tax bill

I broke the story of Frank Lowy’s first costly punch-up with the Australian Taxation Office, writes Alex Mitchell.

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Lowy, the RBA and tax: join the dates

recent revelations of the tax affairs of Frank Lowy make no mention of a coincidence in timing: it all happened while Lowy was on the board of the RBA, writes Stephen Mayne.

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Crikey Says

You don’t have to be smart enough to sit on the Reserve Bank board to realise that something here doesn’t add up.

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Parliament greenlights dodgy tax office settlements

After a two and a half year inquiry into tax office administration that spanned two Parliaments, the Joint Committee Of Public Accounts and Audit have concluded…wait for it…drum role please…A simpler tax system is needed in Australia, writes Chris Seage.

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Film actor to ACC: Bring it on!

Crikey understands that one of Operation Wickenby’s subjects, known only as P, is looking forward to having his pseudonym formally lifted and is champing at the bit to take the gloves off.

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No tax relief on petrol for work-related travel

Taxpayers will have to wait a full twelve months to get some tax relief from surging petrol prices. Bernard Keane explains.

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Labor targets 600,000 tax cheats

The announcement by the Australian Taxation Office yesterday they are targeting 600,000 Australians who have purchased a motor vehicle valued at over $57,009 has sent shock waves through the Australian luxury automobile industry as well as aspirational voters, writes Chris Seage.

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Celebrity tax cheat eats roast lemon chicken

Glenn Wheatley, former member of The Master’s Apprentices, manager of John Farnham and former manager of Delta, diddled his taxes. For some reason the media thought that warranted tailing the “celebrity tax cheat” OJ style, writes Sophie Black.

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D’Ascenzo: Trust in me your tax sins and… go to jail

Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo is getting desperate. He knows his much vaunted Operation Wickenby is seriously in the red, writes former tax office auditor Chris Seage.

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Tips and rumours

The Victorian Liberal Party’s civil war that was started by the leaking of the dismissal of two errant bloggers is threatening to go nuclear. This started as an intra-factional conflict but the leakers did not realise the amount of explosive material held by those they targeted. There is talk of emails incriminating not merely Liberal […]

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Carnal camera! Tax sleuths seize CCTV from brothels

The ATO are now seizing brothels’ CCTV footage to check the number of patrons against their cash receipts, writes Chris Seage.

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Taxpayer Alert: ATO has your bank application under review

ATO auditors are trying to stitch up taxpayers with big tax bills on the basis of inflated income figures provided to lenders — but often it’s the mortgage brokers doing the inflating, writes Chris Seage.

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Taxpayers the winner as ALP keep tax watchdog

Taxpayers were grinning from ear to ear after the Government announced it will retain the office of the Inspector‑General of Taxation as a separate independent statutory office, writes Chris Seage.

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ATO ruling to send community health into chaos?

In a decision that has “dramatic” implications for rural health communities around Victoria, the ATO has announced that the charitable status of community health centres around the state will be revoked.

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