Taxation Administration Act 1953
Note: See section 3AA .Chapter 5 - Administration
Note: A Commissioner ' s Remedial Power modification is relevant to this part of the tax law. Taxation Administration (Remedial Power - Disclosure of Protected Information by Taxation Officers) Determination 2020 (F2020L00061) modifies the operation of s 355-25(2) in Sch 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (the Act) and any other provisions of a taxation law whose operation is affected by the modified operation of s 355-25(2) .
The operation of the relevant provision is modified as follows:
The modification applies in relation to a disclosure of information by a taxation officer that occurs on or after 15 May 2020.
An entity must treat a modification as not applying to it or any other entity if the modification would produce a less favourable result for it. The Commissioner is empowered by s 370-5 of Sch 1 to the Act to make modifications, by legislative instrument, to ensure the law is administered to achieve its intended purpose or object.
The disclosure of information about the tax affairs of a particular entity is prohibited, except in certain specified circumstances.
Those exceptions are designed having regard to the principle that disclosure of information should be permitted only if the public benefit derived from the disclosure outweighs the entity ' s privacy.
This Division contains the main circumstances in which protected tax information can be disclosed. A number of other Commonwealth laws also allow for the disclosure of, or access to, such information in limited circumstances. Some of these other laws are as follows: