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Murky accounts and obfuscation keep Glencore’s tax bill well hidden

Fairfax has reported that mining giant Glencore Coal paid just $15 million to the Tax Office over the last three years. Glencore says it has paid $400 million — but details are thin on the ground.

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What The Hun doesn’t understand about tax (just about everything)

Hun business writer Terry McCrann has taken an axe to the Tax Justice Network report on tax avoidance. Pity he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Tax specialist Bill Mavropoulos offers McCrann some much-needed advice.

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Albrechtsen the appointment we needed

Crikey readers talk Janet Albrechtsen and the problem with filing your taxes early.

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Why News Corp got almost $1 billion of your money

News Corp’s $882 million tax refund has raised questions about the robustness of our tax laws.

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A taxpayer bill of rights? Tax watchdog vows to listen

The ATO has recently been accused of bullying and intimidating citizens. Now there’s a push for a “taxpayer bill of rights” to reign in the Tax Office.

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Tips and rumours

Purge at the ATO? … Oz and ABC are all loved-up … Stop Tony Meow knobbled …

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How to beat the taxman and stay out of jail

The Tax Office is targeting people who’ve missed a tax return — even if it was a decade ago when they were in school. Here’s what the ATO is up to and how to avoid a hefty fine if you’ve done nothing wrong.

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Tips and rumours

ATO cracks down on young lawyers? … more pro-LNP edicts from Queensland … Melbourne mayor changes career …

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ATO decision nothing new

An ATO beat-up Martin Gordon writes: Re. “Corporate tax avoidance is rife — but the ATO is willing to trust them” (yesterday). I was surprised when the media reported breathlessly that the oversight of taxpayers would be outsourced with some spin about it being of great benefit to bigger taxpayers. When I worked for the ATO it had […]

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Corporate tax avoidance is rife — but the ATO is willing to trust them

Accountancy firms can sign off on corporate tax returns under changes proposed by the Tax Office. Are we letting companies off the hook? Tax consultant and former ATO officer Chris Seage reports.

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Tips and rumours

IT meltdown gives ATO headaches … Sparks fly at Tecoma Maccas … Talk not cheap at bureaucrat conference … Greenies have friends in Qld department …

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Tips and rumours

Scrooge hits CSIRO office party, while News Corp goes Mexican … empty chairs at the ATO … Tim Wilson in tea incident …

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The case for why Australians should pay even more tax

Australia can have low taxes and balanced budgets, or balanced budgets and high-quality public services, but not all three, write Centre for Policy Development fellows Miriam Lyons, Shaun Wilson, Adam Stebbing and Adrian March.

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FBT coverage is nothing but self-interested hysteria

The government wants to trim FBT — and interest groups are up in arms about it. Accountant and former economist John Lawrence explains why you should think twice before believing the hysteria.

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What are your rights with the taxman? Call to clean up ATO ‘disgrace’

Another disgruntled taxpayer is suing the ATO for $5.1 million in damages, as taxation experts call for stronger compensation rights and a taxpayers’ charter to be enshrined in law.

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Tax Office pursuit of offshore tax dodgers ramps up

The ATO will set up a new taskforce to catch businesses dodging tax by basing themselves offshore. It comes as the agency unsuccessfully pursued one company through the courts.

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Memo to Hockey: what’s really wrong with the Tax Office

Joe Hockey wants to shake up the Australian Taxation Office. It’s welcome news to accountants and taxpayers, but he’ll need more than rhetoric to fix the ATO’s problems.

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How to be a bad sport and move to a tax haven

Some of our true-blue sporting heroes seem to be taking up residency in countries with favourable tax arrangements. But how easy is it to do? Crikey intern Kylar Loussikian finds it may not work for him.

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ATO promises independent appeals process — but will it be fair?

A new appeals division will provide taxpayers with an independent review of cases in dispute — but will it override current quotas and influences? Accountants and lawyers are confident but sceptical.

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The tax office, ‘hired assassins’ and how to gag dissent

The nation’s tax office has been accused of hiring psychiatrists to diagnose and even coerce complainants during legal disputes. Crikey’s freedom of information requests and interviews reveal a worrying culture.

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‘Starting a new trek’: ATO boss breaks silence to staff

New Tax Office boss — and keen mountain climber — Chris Jordan has broken his silence, telling staff about the challenges ahead in an internal communication obtained by Crikey.

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The tax office and the expensive muzzle on complainants

A special investigation finds the tax office is aggressively pushing aggrieved taxpayers into settlements to protect its own people. One investor tells Crikey he’s been ruined by fighting big firms hired by the ATO.

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ATO whistleblower bully case points to ‘tick and flick’ advice

Australian Taxation Office Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo is being personally sued in a workplace bullying claim that exposes a “tick and flick” attitude to taxpayer objections.

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Why Swan moved the nation’s top tax man on

Michael D’Ascenzo will leave the Australian Taxation Office later this year. Why didn’t Wayne Swan decide to extend his term? And what is his legacy?

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ATO whistleblower in court: ‘they sabotaged my complaints’

A senior lawyer in the Australian Taxation Office has sensationally claimed that high-ranking senior executive service officers within the ATO sabotaged her whistleblower complaint, writes Chris Seage, a tax consultant and former ATO audit manager.

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