The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will request and collect names, addresses and other related information of taxpayers:
• eligible for Family tax benefit part B for the financial years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
• who have received parental leave pay for the financial years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
from the Department of Human Services, (Centrelink).
These will be electronically matched with certain sections of ATO data holdings to identify non-compliance with taxation obligations in relation to the dependant spouse tax offset under taxation law.
Records relating to approximately 1.3 million individuals registered with Department of Human Services will be matched. This program is called the Dependent Spouse Tax Offset Data Matching Program and it enables the ATO to identify and address non-compliance with taxation obligations of taxpayers incorrectly claiming the dependent spouse tax offset.
Basically if your spouse received any of the above payments from the Department of Human Services, you would not be eligible to claim the offset. The notice was published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 4 July 2012.