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Counting the cost of an ATO investment property crackdown

Counting the cost of an ATO investment property crackdown

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   March 14, 2019   James KirbyATO Commissioner Chris Jordan. Britta Campion:The Australian Property investors who have already been slugged by a string of tax reforms from the Morrison government now have the Australian Tax Office to worry...

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Crown sues ATO for $100m junket refund

Crown sues ATO for $100m junket refund

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   October 14, 2018   Ben ButlerGambling GST is calculated on revenue. James Packer’s Crown Resorts group has launched legal action seeking a $100m refund from the tax office for GST on payments to junket operators over the past decade. The...

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Don’t bag the economy while setting out to ruin it

Don’t bag the economy while setting out to ruin it

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   November 23, 2018   Judith Sloan Assistant Treasury spokesman Andrew Leigh with leader Bill Shorten and deputy Tanya Plibersek. I am with Josh Frydenberg on this one. Labor politicians should be ashamed of themselves for publicly talking...

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Hobble business, and hardworking Australians suffer

Hobble business, and hardworking Australians suffer

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW December 28, 2018   Jennifer Westacott As we reflect on the end of the year, we normally make wishes, but sometimes we have to be careful what we wish for. This has been the year of unprecedented attacks on business, some of it deserved,...

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How the taxman’s unfair tactics crush small enterprises

How the taxman’s unfair tactics crush small enterprises

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   April 29, 2019   Robert Gottleibsen Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell. Picture: AAP The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell’s horrific description of the abuses of...

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When the Taxman proves to be a monster

When the Taxman proves to be a monster

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   November 14, 2018   Ken PhillipsAustralia’s tax-collection system relies on the honesty of millions of Australians who pay their tax voluntarily and without fuss. That happy co-operation is under threat because of the behaviour of the...

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ATO ‘let bosses off super penalties’

ATO ‘let bosses off super penalties’

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   October 24, 2018   Michael RoddanThe Australian Taxation Office has admitted it failed to apply the law and allowed businesses to skirt any penalty for failing to pay employees’ superannuation. ATO deputy commissioner James O’Halloran, who...

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ATO in Five Eyes blitz on tax crime

ATO in Five Eyes blitz on tax crime

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   December 26, 2018   Nick Tabakoff ATO deputy commissioner Will Day Picture- AAP ATO deputy commissioner Will Day says the new international body would pursue cyber-related identity theft, tax evasion using cryptocurrencies, corporate...

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ATO set to crack down on lawyers

ATO set to crack down on lawyers

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   February 12, 2019   Ben Butler The ATO is worried that some law firms could be concealing their commercial activities behind legal professional privilege. The Australian Taxation Office is planning to launch legal action — potentially...

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ATO targets holiday rent ‘losses’

ATO targets holiday rent ‘losses’

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   January 25, 2019   Michael Roddan The ATO has found many holiday-home owners are claiming deductions when their properties are not available to be rented, or when it was being used by their own family or their relatives and friends free of...

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ATO whistleblower Richard Boyle pays the price

ATO whistleblower Richard Boyle pays the price

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   February 12, 2019   Robert Gottleibsen The ATO has been playing hardball with Australia’s small businesses. Arguably Australia’s most significant whistleblower, the man who forced both our major political parties to alter their small...

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Australian Taxation Office lashed over handling of disputes

Australian Taxation Office lashed over handling of disputes

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   April 29, 2019   Perry Williams Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell. Picture- AAP. The Australian Taxation Office has been savaged over its treatment of small business amid accusations it used excessive...

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Bad news ahead for government on tax office GST scandal

Bad news ahead for government on tax office GST scandal

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   May 28, 2019  Robert Gottleibsen Refining gold. Australia’s gold refining industry has effectively been wiped out. Just before Michael Sukkar was returned to the ministerial post of assistant treasurer, he must have sniffed that he faced...

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Bupa in $157m deal with ATO

Bupa in $157m deal with ATO

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   March 8, 2019   Sarah-Jane Tasker The Bupa office in Brisbane. Picture: David Clark Photography Health insurance and aged care giant Bupa has agreed to pay the Australian Taxation Office $157 million to settle a dispute. The Australian arm...

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Canberra bets on $1bn ATO crackdown to drive revenue

Canberra bets on $1bn ATO crackdown to drive revenue

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   April 2, 2019   Ben Butler Cartoon: Rod Clement. Josh Frydenberg has bet $1 billion on an ambitious plan to crack down on tax avoidance at the big end of town that the Morrison government hopes will claw back as much as $3.6bn. The extra...

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Carl Williams widow in legal bid to stop ATO house sale

Carl Williams widow in legal bid to stop ATO house sale

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   December 12, 2018   Tessa Ackerman Williams, left, and daughter Dhakota at the Supreme Court in Melbourne yesterday. Picture: AAP. The widow of slain gangland figure Carl Williams has made a last-ditch bid to prevent the sale of her...

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Changes give taxman licence to monster small business

Changes give taxman licence to monster small business

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   February 26, 2019   Ken PhillipsThe Morrison government is setting up a much-wanted small business tax tribunal, but even before it starts we see efforts to white-ant its operation. Just how much small business needs an independent tax...

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Commonwealth Bank settles R&D claims dispute with ATO

Commonwealth Bank settles R&D claims dispute with ATO

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   March 18, 2019   Chris Jenkins/ Joyce Moullaki A Commonwealth Bank branch in Sydney. Picture: AAP Commonwealth Bank has settled a protracted dispute with the Australian Taxation Office over research and development tax credits it claimed...

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Tax office dual standard demands probe

Tax office dual standard demands probe

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   September 18, 2018  Robert Gottliebsen Michael Cranston. Picture: John GraingerThe threat to the Australian taxation revenue base caused by lack of community confidence in the ethics of the Australian Taxation Office has been multiplied as...

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Tax office’s Project Do It ‘missed $4.3bn in revenue’

Tax office’s Project Do It ‘missed $4.3bn in revenue’

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   September 14, 2018   Chris Merritt Michael Cranston faces two charges of abuse of public office. Picture: AAP The peak national body for independent contractors has called for an inquiry into the Australian Taxation Office’s management of...

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Tax strike on Airbnb providers, Uber drivers

Tax strike on Airbnb providers, Uber drivers

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   January 22, 2019   Simon Benson Income from the share economy is now estimated at $15 billion a year. Picture: Emma Brasier Almost 11 million Australians who earn money from sharing-economy platforms such as Uber and Airbnb will be subject...

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Taxman cleared of garnishee ‘cash grab’

Taxman cleared of garnishee ‘cash grab’

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   March 13, 2019   Ben ButlerA watchdog has cleared the Taxation Office of allegations it conducted a “cash grab” using garnishee notices in 2016-17, finding instead that a IT meltdown was partly to blame for inappropriate use of the...

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Taxman puts hero in the crosshairs

Taxman puts hero in the crosshairs

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   March 7, 2019   Robert GottleibsenTaxation commissioner Chris Jordan is suddenly in a perilous situation. Both political parties are concerned that he has brought charges against whistleblower and national hero Richard Boyle that carry a...

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Timely tips to save you some trouble at tax time

Timely tips to save you some trouble at tax time

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   November 5, 2018   James GerrardTax refunds are top of mind for most people this time of year as they collect information and put together their returns. With more than 70 per cent of Australians using a tax agent, the key weeks are...

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Power without integrity as tax office ruins R&D grant users

Power without integrity as tax office ruins R&D grant users

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW  January 18, 2019   Robert Gottleibsen The tax office ruined the gold-refining industry in Australia. In the weeks leading up to Christmas the Australian Taxation Office made a major payment to settle a tax dispute. The settlement is couched...

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Rich pickings for ATO as wealthy targeted

Rich pickings for ATO as wealthy targeted

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   April 2, 2019   James KirbyThe ATO has sharpened its focus on the top end of town.The Australian Taxation Office has already made headlines in its pursuit of multinational tax avoiders, but a $1 billion crackdown on companies and...

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Small business needs a fair tax appeal system

Small business needs a fair tax appeal system

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   March 3, 2019   Robert GottliebsenFormer ATO deputy commissioner Michael Cranston. Picture- AAPThe appalling practices of the Australian Taxation Office in its handling of small business appeals appears to be eroding confidence in the tax...

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Tax commissioner Chris Jordan denies abuse of small business

Tax commissioner Chris Jordan denies abuse of small business

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   April 30, 2019   Robert GottleibsenOnly in Australia could three amazing events be taking place simultaneously. First, if Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell is right, the Australian Taxation Office may...

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Tax office computer system flaws revealed

Tax office computer system flaws revealed

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   January 25, 2018   Robert GottliebsenInspector-General of Taxation Ali Noroozi. Pic: Adam KnottThe Inspector-General of Taxation Ali Noroozi has underlined a number of the dangerous Australian Taxation Office practices that are damaging...

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Nation’s economic success little more than ‘good luck’

Nation’s economic success little more than ‘good luck’

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   October 7, 2018   David UrenBusiness Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott. Picture: Kym SmithAustralia’s economic growth is driven more by “good luck” than good management and is vulnerable to an increasingly polarised...

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Morrison government takes steps to remove tax blight

Morrison government takes steps to remove tax blight

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW  November 28, 2018   Robert GottleibsenPrime Minister Scott Morrison. Picture: AAPThe Morrison government may be in crisis but it has announced plans to totally change Australian small enterprise taxation and, in the process, transform the...

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Laws to address ATO flaws undermined

Laws to address ATO flaws undermined

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW   February 18, 2019   Robert GottleibsenATO deputy commissioner Michael Cranston was found not guilty. Picture: AAPThe not guilty verdict against former deputy taxation commissioner Michael Cranston turned one of Australia’s senior public...

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