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Will the ATO be included under the powers of an anti-corruption commission?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The ABC reports that a Federal anti-corruption commission is looking increasingly likely. But here’s a question. Will an anti-corruption commission be able to investigate the Australian Taxation Office? Would the ATO fight hard to be excluded? .... More


Taxpayers are cheats and liars—anything done against them is justified—ATO

Thursday, November 15, 2018

In an article in The Australian today we argue that the prosecution powers of the Australian Taxation Office should be transferred to an independent body under the Attorney-General’s department. We give examples of the ATO’s alleged abusive behaviour in litigation to demonstrate why.... More


Thank you, Ali Noroozi – Retiring Inspector-General of Taxation

Tuesday, November 6, 2018  

Today we give a very big thanks to Ali Noroozi who is retiring this month after ten years as the Inspector-General of Taxation. Not many people (outside the public service) are likely aware of the extent to which the office of the Inspector-General of Taxation has been extracting measures of fairness from the ATO... More


Does the ATO demonstrate its 'Mongrel Bastards' status? You decide!

Monday, October 29, 2018  

It was an interesting week last week when witnessing the contrasting faces of the Australian Taxation Office displayed before various Parliamentary Committees. The ATO says it has 'drawn a line in the sand' with respect to small business. We think otherwise! View the ATO's performance and judge for yourself ... More


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Self-Employed Australia Webinars

Self-Employed Australia's inaugural webinar—‘Tax Breaks and Tax Traps’—was conducted on 14 August 2018. A YouTube recording of the webinar is available to the public here. Additional (written) information on tax breaks and potential traps is available for Self-Employed Australia's Members here. Our next webinar is titled 'Will Your Contract Pass the ATO Test?' We'll provide more info here when the details are confirmed.


Our Tax Campaigning

We want reform of the ATO because the evidence shows that it abuses small business people.

ATO Exposed!
The ABC Four Corners program, 'Mongrel Bunch of Bastards', exposed the truth about the ATO treatment of vulnerable small business people. It sparked numerous media stories and at least two official (and negative) reports—see here and here.

Our agenda to reform the ATO
In the light of the ATO's behaviour, it is clear that it badly needs reform. Among other things, we suggest that the ATO be split into two bodies and call for the establishment of a Small Business Tax Tribunal. Our full reform agenda is contained in our position paper The Power to Audit is the Power to Destroy.
    2 true stories. Beware: It could happen to you!
    1. Rod Douglass was originally accused of fraud in 2015, and slapped with a huge tax bill, but was finally vindicated, two years later, after our intervention. 2. In 2017, the withdrawal, en masse, of the ABNs of 16 self-employed transcribers, who only had their ABNs restored after a 13-week campaign.

    7 key ATO powers ... greater than the police
    Most Australians would be unaware of the huge powers at the ATO's disposal to enter premises, seize documents and make claims against your assets (including your home), even bankrupt you. We say, don't panic, but instead be prepared. A members' briefing on the ATO's powers is here.

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    Self-employment challenges managerial orthodoxy

    The supposed ‘rise’ of the ‘gig’ economy is causing much debate on whether its impacts are good or evil for society. But that debate is not new. In 2005, SEA's Executive Director, Ken Phillips, published his challenging book, Independence and the Death of Employment, in which he examined the fundamental changes that were occurring, even then, in the way we work and how notions about independence and the role of the commercial contract were fundamental to them. The Introduction to the book is available here. Recent arguments about the ‘gig’ economy have refired that debate.

    Is your contract fair?

    SEA can rightly claim huge success in achieving Unfair Contract protections for small business people. New protective legislation came into effect in November 2016—a world's first for self-employed people. Resources for checking your own contract are here.

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