Topic archives: Australian Taxation Office

Privacy complaints against government bodies soar

June 26, 2017 4

Which government agencies are misusing your personal information? Freelance journalist John Power reports.

TV journo Steve Barrett implicated in ATO sting

May 19, 2017 4

Twenty-five years ago, his behaviour was the subject of a classic Media Watch gotcha.

Tax Office tries to fight FOI by arguing it’s an OHS risk. Information Commissioner says ‘shaddup’, basically.

May 15, 2017 2

The Australian Taxation Office has been told it should process an freedom of information request hosted on transparency website Right to Know.

‘Bureaucratic whispers’ prompted ATO to head off Brandis involvement in Bell Group case

March 28, 2017 3

The ATO was so concerned about rumours Attorney-General George Brandis would stop the agency intervening in the Bell case, it sought legal advice against him.

Wikipedia page of rapist-led cult whitewashed from inside the ATO

May 2, 2016 6

An ATO employee has been using a work computer to whitewash the Wikipedia page of a South Korean cult, whose leader is in prison for multiple counts of rape. Freelance journalist John Power reports.

Transfield, News Corp and Exxon Mobil paid no tax in 2013-14

December 17, 2015 21

Transfield Services, the controversial company running many of Australia's offshore immigration detention centres, had no tax payable in Australia in 2013-14, on its revenue of $2.8 billion and taxable income of $16 million.

Who’s not paying their taxes in Australia? ATO offers few clues

December 3, 2015 1

Freelance journalist Alan Austin combs through ATO documents to ferret out tax dodgers.

Govt files metadata transparency request in the too-hard basket

November 17, 2015 3

How many agencies can access your metadata without a warrant? Look, AGD would tell us, but it's just so much damn work and they'd rather not.

Tax man wants to spy on you

Tax man wants to spy on you

September 8, 2015 11

Although it was originally excluded from a list of agencies that can access your metadata, the Australian Taxation Office now wants in.

Would the ALP’s ‘Buffett tax’ put an end to tax-rorting millionaires?

Would the ALP’s ‘Buffett tax’ put an end to tax-rorting millionaires?

July 28, 2015 6

Some 55 millionaires paid no tax at all in 2012-13, and they claimed an average of $700 in benefits. Economist and freelance journalist Jason Murphy says that doesn't necessarily mean they are rorters, but the chances are pretty good ...