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  • Tip-offs protect honest businesses

    The past 18 months have been tough for many businesses. The impacts of COVID-19 are still being felt.

    While the majority of businesses do the right thing when it comes to their tax and super obligations, some try to gain an unfair advantage by intentionally doing the wrong thing. Not only is this behaviour illegal, it puts pressure on Australians who are doing the right thing and has broader impacts on our community.

    It’s all about keeping a level playing field and tip offs from the community are one way we achieve this. If you or your clients suspect a business intentionally doing the wrong thing or engaging in illegal behaviour, report it. This could include illegal behaviour relating to the JobKeeper Payment or the JobMaker Hiring Credit, paying for work cash in hand, not reporting or under-reporting sales or income and underpayment of wages and super.

    Look out for tell-tale signs like businesses offering a discount for cash, not accepting card payments, failing to provide payslips or pay superannuation to workers, not ringing up sales, or even running dodgy software that deletes or modifies sales transactions.

    Tip-offs come from a variety of sources including their employees, other businesses, their customers and members of the public who feel like there’s something not quite right. The top three industries the ATO is tipped off about are:

    • hairdressing and beauty services
    • cafés and restaurants
    • building and construction industries.

    If you or your clients become aware of suspicious behaviour, you can make a tip-off online at ato.gov.au/tipoff, through the tip-off form in the ‘contact us’ section of the ATO app, or by phoning the ATO Tip-off Hotline on 1800 060 062. When making a tip-off, the more information you give us, the better we can work to protect honest businesses and the community.

    Last modified: 02 Aug 2021QC 66526