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  • Tip-off to keep the competition fair

    Businesses that deliberately do the wrong thing by not meeting their tax and super obligations put others at an unfair disadvantage.

    If you or your clients know or suspect a business is taking part in phoenix, tax evasion or black economy activities, or feel something is going on that isn't quite right, make a tip-off to our Tax Integrity Centre. Your tip-offs can provide us the vital intelligence we need to audit or prosecute those illegally operating in the black economy.

    To make a tip-off:

    • complete a Tip-Off Form on our website at or in the ‘contact us’ section of the ATO app
    • phone the Black Economy Hotline on 1800 060 062.

    In the first half of this financial year, we received over 27,000 tip-offs to our Tax Integrity Centre. The 15,000 tip-offs we received in the first quarter was a record-breaking number. The top categories of tip-offs were about:

    1. not declaring income
    2. businesses demanding cash from customers
    3. someone’s lifestyle not appearing to match their income level
    4. not reporting sales
    5. employers avoiding reporting correct wages.

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    Last modified: 28 Jan 2020QC 61258