Highlighted compliance activities 2015-16

The State Revenue Office conducts regular compliance activities. In line with our Compliance Strategy the following projects have been designed to treat risks and non-compliant behaviours. In addition, educational programs are undertaken throughout the year to assist voluntary compliance.

Payroll Tax

  • by matching our own information with that reported to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and Workcover, we identify and investigate taxpayers who should be, but are not, registered for payroll tax. We also detect differences between wages reported to us and other agencies and investigate accordingly.
  • we conduct on-site audits and educational activities that are aimed at improving taxpayers' understanding of how to treat various components of wages.
  • using information from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Business Register (ABR), we identify and investigate companies that should be, but are not, grouped for payroll tax.

Land Tax

  • we identify and investigate classifications and exemptions of properties and their owners. To do this we use information available to us from the Rental Deposit Authority (My Bond), as well as rental income provided to the ATO, and tip-offs from the general public.
  • we detect common ownership through information provided by ASIC, the Lands Titles Office (LTO) and the ABR, and we investigate to ensure that, where appropriate, land is aggregated and/or owners are grouped.

Duties

  • we use information from the LTO, motor registry, and the general public to detect and investigate transactions that should be, but are not, lodged for duty;
  • we have an ongoing exception program to check transactions lodged through Tasmanian Revenue Online (TRO), and we investigate all discrepancies.
  • by matching our own information on land owning companies with changes in ownership lodged through ASIC, we detect possible Land Rich transactions and follow them up appropriately.
  • we examine the reported value on motor vehicle transactions and we also do site visits of dealers to ensure to the correct amounts of duty are paid.

First Home Owner Grant (FHOG)

  • all applications (100%) are checked for previous property ownership and whether a FHOG has ever been paid to the applicant. We also contact councils to ensure the property itself is eligible.
  • we also check our records against Aurora, TasWater, the motor vehicle registry, bonds lodged at My Bond and the electoral roll to ensure that applicants have lived in the property for six months (commencing within 12 months of purchase / completion of building). We also send reminders to applicants before this residency period is finished to encourage them to contact us if they can't comply.

Contact Details

Taxpayers or their representatives can discuss these or any other compliance related issues by contacting the SRO by email, by phone on (03) 6166 4400 or in writing to:

    Commissioner of State Revenue
    GPO Box 1374
    Hobart TAS 7001
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