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Topic: Australian Taxation Office
The government’s tax bait-and-switch doesn’t add up

The government’s tax bait-and-switch doesn’t add up

The government would have you believe that regular citizens are responsible for three times the tax avoidance of corporations. But those numbers don't add up.

Crikey Worm: whistleblowers expose ATO’s toxic tactics

Crikey Worm: whistleblowers expose ATO’s toxic tactics

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

Privacy complaints against government bodies soar

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

TV journo Steve Barrett implicated in ATO sting

TV journo Steve Barrett implicated in ATO sting

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Govt files metadata transparency request in the too-hard basket

Govt files metadata transparency request in the too-hard basket

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.