May 18, 2009

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.

Last month the AFR revealed how the tax office had unlawfully provided sensitive tax information to their colleagues in the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission as part of the Operation Wickenby investigation.

In April 2008, the ATO commissioned lawyer Dale Boucher to conduct an inquiry into serious allegations by ATO officers of secrecy breaches within Operation Wickenby. One of the officers was Jennifer Game, Wickenby’s Director of Secrecy. Boucher is the brother of former tax commissioner Trevor Boucher.

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