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Learn about the types of information we receive from financial institutions and the types of information we may share.

Last updated 10 February 2019

Privacy notice

Regulation 56 in the Income Tax Regulations 1936 requires every investment body (including banks and other financial institutions, public companies with shareholders, and managers of unit trusts) to provide to the Commissioner of Taxation a report relating to all investments the investment body has accepted. Regulation 56 specifies the items of information the investment body’s report must contain, including each investor’s name, address, tax file number and amount of income paid to them by the investment body.

Taxation law authorises us to give this information to other government departments and agencies, such as:

  • benefit payment agencies like Services Australia
  • state and federal police and other agencies like the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Reserve Bank of Australia

The ATO also provides taxpayer information to treaty partners overseas under international tax agreements with many other counties.

Our privacy policy contains important information about your privacy, including information about how you can 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 and how we will deal with any privacy complaints.

For more information about privacy or if you believe your privacy has been compromised:

  • Phone our Privacy Hotline on 1300 661 542
  • write to us at the address below.

Australian Taxation Office
GPO Box 9990
[insert the name and postcode of your capital city]

For example;

Australian Taxation Office
GPO Box 9990

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