By Peregrine

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announced on 4 August 2015 that, beginning in September 2015, it will request immigration data from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) as part of a data-matching programme intended to ensure that certain taxpayers are correctly meeting their taxation obligations.

What Data Will Be Collected?
The ATO will acquire data about visa holders, their sponsors and migration agents covering four financial years (from 2014 to 2017), including names and addresses, visas granted and arrivals and departures information.

It is estimated that records relating to approximately one million individuals will be obtained under this programme and checked against the ATO’s tax records

Action Items

  • Ensure that the relevant details of temporary visa holders are available, including:notification to the DIBP if any 457 visa holder has ceased employment;
  • any change of position requiring a new nomination;
  • any decrease in guaranteed earning;
  • record of any exemption from superannuation payments;
  • notification to the DIBP of any merger and/or acquisition.