Data matching programs

 

The ATO has announced that it will acquire details of real property transactions for the period 20 September 1985 to 30 June 2017 from State and Territory revenue and land titles departments and offices and rental bond authorities in every State and Territory in Australia: Australian Government Gazette No C2015G02019 (8 December 2015).

The objectives of this data matching program are to:

  • obtain intelligence about the acquisition and disposal of real property and identify risks and trends of non-compliance across the broader compliance program;
  • identify a range of compliance activities appropriate to address risks with real property transactions by taxpayers;
  • work with real property intermediaries to obtain an understanding of the risks and issues, as well as trends of non-compliance;
  • gain support and input into compliance strategies to minimise future risk to revenue;
  • promote voluntary compliance and strengthen community confidence in the integrity of the tax system by publicising the outcomes of the data matching program; and
  • ensure compliance with registration, lodgment, correct reporting and payment of taxation and superannuation obligations.
  • Data matching on insurance asset classes

The ATO is currently working with insurance providers to identify policy owners on a wider range of asset classes. These asset classes include:

  • Marine;
  • Aviation;
  • enthusiast motor vehicles;
  • fine art; and
  • thoroughbred horses.

The purpose of the ATO obtaining this information is to gain a better understanding of certain taxpayers’ wealth and to help the ATO to provide tailored services to taxpayers to ensure they meet their tax obligations.

During January and February, the ATO will issue formal notices to insurers to provide the ATO with these policy details. The ATO anticipates it will receive 100,000 records where the different asset classes meet certain threshold amounts.

 

 

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