The ATO has announced that it will acquire names, addresses and other details of visa holders, their sponsors and migration agents for the 2013–2014, 2014–2015, 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 financial years from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The purpose of the data-matching program is to ensure that taxpayers are correctly meeting their taxation obligations. It is estimated that records relating to one million individuals will be obtained.

The ATO has been data-matching visa data from the DIBP (and its predecessors) against ATO data holdings for a number of years. The ATO said this electronic data-matching has been very effective in assisting to mitigate compliance risks. According to the ATO, empirical evidence from earlier data-matching programs has confirmed an elevated level of risk within the subset of taxpayers who are first-time lodgers with DIBP links.

Submitted by: Ash Bravington –Accountant – email Ash

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