Topic archives: Australian Taxation Office

Crikey Worm: whistleblowers expose ATO’s toxic tactics

April 10, 2018

Good morning, early birds. Former Australian Tax Office insiders blow the whistle on dodgy practices within the office. Plus, China lobbies to build a military base in Vanuatu. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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 ...

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

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

October 22, 2014 9

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.

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

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

October 2, 2014 15

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.

Albrechtsen the appointment we needed

July 4, 2014

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

Why News Corp got almost $1 billion of your money

Why News Corp got almost $1 billion of your money

February 18, 2014 16

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

A taxpayer bill of rights? Tax watchdog vows to listen

A taxpayer bill of rights? Tax watchdog vows to listen

February 10, 2014

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.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

February 7, 2014 5

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

How to beat the taxman and stay out of jail

How to beat the taxman and stay out of jail

February 6, 2014 13

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.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

February 4, 2014 4

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

ATO decision nothing new

January 17, 2014

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 […]