TaxAdministrationAussie taxman plays down powers fears

Aussie taxman plays down powers fears

Australian Tax office commissioner says powers to break into homes and places of businesses to seize documents are nothing new

The Aussie taxman has refuted claims it has been given excessive powers which
allow the agency to break into homes and places of work to seize documents.

The Australian Tax Office responded to media reports that Commonwealth
Ombudsman John McMillan had given its access powers a tick of approval after an
investigation on ATO co-ordinated raids on homes, cars and workplaces in four
states.

ATO Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo said the ATO’s powers had been in
place for “30 to 40 years”.

“When you’re looking at criminal investigations, if someone’s not going to be
forthcoming with the documentation you’ve asked for, you’ve got legal powers to
[enter premises],”
the
Sydney Morning Herald reported
.

Mr D’Ascenzo said. “We’re talking here criminal or fraudulent or evasive
practices … there are still large businesses that believe in the hide and seek
approach to working with the tax administration.”

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