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  • J5 making a difference

    1 July 2019 will mark the anniversary of the establishment of the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5).

    To discuss the achievements and success of the group to date one year in, ATO Deputy Commissioner, Will Day, and Assistant Commissioner, Brett Martin, met with the other J5 Chiefs in Washington, DC, from 4–5 June 2019.

    The J5 includes:

    • the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
    • the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
    • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (United Kingdom)
    • the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (United States)
    • the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (Netherlands)
    • the Canadian Revenue Agency.

    The group works together to gather information, share intelligence and conduct joint operations.

    The J5 are working to identify criminal targets and enablers who pose the most serious risks to the tax and super system.

    This global cooperation has so far resulted in more than 50 investigations involving sophisticated international enablers of tax evasion. This includes a global financial institution and its intermediaries who facilitate taxpayers to hide their income and assets. These highly harmful, high-end enablers of tax evasion are now under the spotlight on an international stage. Never before have criminals been at such risk of being detected.

    The meeting coincided with a global cyber training event hosted by both:

    • the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation
    • the World Bank.

    The J5 Chiefs launched the Cyber NETwork 2019 conference, which focused on the theme of 'Connecting Globally, Following the Money and Fighting Cybercrime'.

    ATO Senior Director, Stuart Coulson, attended the conference along with more than 120 of the ATO’s international law enforcement partners from approximately 20 countries.

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    Last modified: 19 Jun 2019QC 59370