• Targeting tax crime: a whole-of-government approach - July 2009

    Issue one July 2009

    Take a closer look at the government's fight against tax crime in a new online magazine.

    The first edition of Targeting tax crime: a whole-of-government approach (PDF, 2.26MB) is now available for download.

    The magazine contains real-life case studies, interviews and stories about Australian and international tax crime - how we're trying to stop it and the serious consequences for those who offend.

    Targeting tax crime: a whole-of-government approach is achieved in cooperative partnership between the Australian Tax Office, the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, the Australian Transaction Report and Analysis Centre and the Australian Government Solicitor.

    Previous issues - Targeting tax crime magazine.

    Ministerial message

    The tentacles of tax crime reach around the globe, as this new online magazine charts so thoroughly.

    The OECD estimates up to $7 trillion in global assets are now held 'offshore' in tax havens, threatening government revenues and the integrity of the international financial system.

    The Australian Government is committed to safeguarding the tax system for the benefit of all Australians and is determined to crack down on cheats.

    I have just returned from the United States, where my official talks were dominated by the problem of tax abuse and the need for greater cooperation to fight it.

    In the next few months, the world's key leaders will again convene at the G20 and the Prime Minister will continue the global push to crack down on tax abuse and tax havens.

    Just as governments around the world need to cooperate, so too must the different areas of Australian Government administration.

    We are providing significant funding for this whole-of-government approach against tax abuse.

    The Government also recognises the talents and energy of those involved in this important mission.

    This excellent magazine reflects the outstanding efforts of those who are targeting tax crime and my compliments go to the Australian Taxation Office and all involved in its publication.

    Assistant Treasurer
    Senator Nick Sherry

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