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ATO Data Matching - Online Sellers

  • Tuesday, 01 July 2014 04:37

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will be 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 Australian Internet Protocol address, and bank account details of sellers who have sales of $20,000 and greater, in the 2010-2011 income year through various online selling websites. online

The selected online selling sites represent some of the largest market participants in Australia and have been selected as they track the sale/purchase price of goods and services as part of the transaction through their website. Other websites do not track the sale/purchase price of goods and services and only put the vendor and purchaser in touch with each other.

This acquired data will be electronically matched with certain sections of ATO data holdings to identify non-compliance with lodgement, payment and correct reporting obligations under taxation law. It is expected that records relating to approximately 11,000 individuals will be matched.

The ATO will use this data to improve compliance with tax obligations of particular groups of taxpayers and will allow them to:

  • identify individuals and businesses that don't report, or under-report, their sales
  • identify individuals and businesses that operate 'off the books' and avoid their obligations by not registering, lodging returns or making payments
  • better understand and address the compliance behaviour of taxpayers involved in online selling
  • increase community awareness of the ways we use data matching to address tax compliance
  • protect honest taxpayers, by deterring, detecting and dealing with those who have not complied.

The ATO will contact individuals and businesses that they identify as being at risk of running part of their business off the books or in other ways not reporting all their income and will encourage them to make a voluntary disclosure of any under- reported amounts.



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