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  • Privacy notices for letters

    From time to time we may write to you to ask for additional information about your tax affairs. One way we ask for this information is through our letters. These letters help us to manage your taxation affairs. We may write to:

    • you as an individual taxpayer
    • you because you run a business or play a role in entities such as trusts and partnerships
    • third parties, such as super funds and banks, to request information about data provided by an individual.

    Our letters are tailored to the specific circumstances that we require information about. The correspondence contains important information that will help you to meet your obligations.

    When we use our information-gathering powers, you must comply with the request for further information. If we do this we will explain to you what our powers are and what your review rights are.

    We will tell you when we use our formal access powers to collect information and we will advise you what the consequences will be if you do not provide the required information. Additionally, failure to provide the requested information may mean we cannot correctly determine your tax matters.

    At other times we will ask you to voluntarily provide us with information. These letters contain important information about why we are requesting the additional information.

    We may give the information we collect to other government departments and agencies, where authorised by law to do so. Under international tax agreements, we may also provide taxpayer information to treaty partners overseas.

    Our privacy policy contains important information about your privacy, including:

    • how to 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
    • how we will deal with any privacy complaints.

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    Last modified: 07 Mar 2016QC 42363