Employers and other withholding payers

Privacy notice



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Subdivision 16C of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act, 1953 requires every employer and withholding payer to provide the Commissioner of Taxation with an annual report relating to all payments made that were subject to the withholding system. The law specifies the items of information the withholding payer's report must contain, including each payee’s name, address, tax file number and amount of income paid to them.

Taxation law authorises us to give this information to other government departments and agencies, such as:

  • benefit payment agencies like the Department of Human Services
  • state and federal police and other agencies like the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Reserve Bank of Australia

The ATO also provides taxpayer information to treaty partners overseas under international tax agreements with many other counties.

Our privacy policy contains important information about your privacy, including information about how you can access and seek correction of information we hold about you, how to make a complaint if you think we have breached the Australian Privacy Principles and how we will deal with any privacy complaints.

Find out more

  • our privacy policy 
  • treaty partners
  • phone us on 1300 661542 for more information about our privacy policy, have questions about privacy or if you wish to report an instance where you suspect your privacy has been compromised.
  • write to us at GPO box 9990 in your capital city.
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    Last modified: 12 Sep 2014QC 42365