Working across government
We worked with other Australian government agencies and international revenue authorities to share data, intelligence and expertise, and participated in multi-agency task forces that investigate breaches of tax and other laws.
Our contribution to forums and task forces, and whole-of-government initiatives this year, included:
- cross-agency Cyber Policy Committee
- Project Wickenby, Attero National Taskforce, Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce, Waterfront Taskforce and the new National Anti-Gang Taskforce
- AusAID-funded tax development programs
- tax time system design and functionality with the Department of Human Services.
We have formal agreements to exchange information with other agencies through memorandums of understanding. Significant agreements entered into this year included:
- agreements detailing the support services we deliver to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
- a new head agreement with the Department of Human Services to reinforce our focus on consultation and collaboration, data access and joint operational arrangements
- a renegotiated head agreement and five subsidiary agreements with the Australian Bureau of Statistics
- a head agreement and four subsidiary agreements with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
We exchanged and matched information with other agencies to assist in administering legislation and identifying possible instances of non-compliance. For example matching data on family tax benefit recipients resulted in revenue adjustments of around $100.5 million relating to claims for dependant tax offsets and the education tax refund.
At 30 June 2013, we had 104 memorandums of understanding in place, including 22 that were established during the year.