ATO Data Matching Programs
The ATO has advised that it is undertaking the following data matching programs to identify non-compliance with lodgment, payment and correct reporting obligations under taxation law.
Online Selling Data Matching Program
The ATO is requesting and collecting the user identification name and number, name, address, telephone numbers, date of birth, email address, registration date, number of monthly sales, value of monthly sales, the IP address, and bank account details of approximately 11,000 sellers who have sales of $20,000 and greater, in the 2010/11 income year through various online selling websites.
The Government has also conducted a successful pilot program (that will become a permanent part of the Government’s compliance system) that found some people were claiming social security payments while running a successful online business – the pilot, which matched Centrelink records against 15,000 eBay users, identified more than $800,000 in debts.
WorkCover Data Matching Program
The ATO will request and collect names and addresses of employer entities from state and territory WorkCover sources for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 financial years.
The total number of records Australia-wide is estimated to be 942,000, of which approximately 103,000 will be individuals who are employers.
The ATO may also disclose information about employers that may not be meeting their obligations under workers compensation laws if requested by the relevant WorkCover authorities.