The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2016-17 announced that from 1 July 2017, the ATO will disclose business tax debt information to credit reporting bureaus.
The new measure is geared to enhance the integrity of the tax system and ensure businesses who are not compliant do not gain an unfair competitive advantage over those businesses who are. The ATO will initially pass on unpaid debts from businesses with an Australian Business Number and with a tax debt of more than $10,000 which is at least 90 days overdue. Taxpayers will be notified by the ATO before the information is passed on to a credit reporting bureau.
In addition, a special Taskforce specifically aimed at dealing with the cash economy has been developed as an innovative, whole-of-government policy response to this problem. Activities under scrutiny are those which disadvantage honest taxpayers, undermine the integrity of Australia’s tax and welfare systems and reduce the amount of revenue collected by governments.
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