The State Revenue Office is a Branch of the Department of Treasury and Finance. We are responsible for collecting State revenue used by the Tasmanian Government to fund essential services including hospitals, schools, roads and law and order.
In summary, our role is to:
- collect and administer state taxes;
- administer a number of grants, subsidies and rebates paid to Tasmanians;
- conduct audits to ensure all taxpayers pay the correct amount of tax; and
- provide advice and assistance to taxpayers about state taxation matters and, where required, take action to recover money owed to the State.
Rights and Responsibilities of taxpayers
The State Revenue Office Taxpayer Charter sets out our service standards and a guide for taxpayers about meeting their taxation obligations.
Paying tax by the due date is an important feature of an individual's civic responsibility to assist the State with revenue for infrastructure and services. The State Revenue Office expects taxpayers to pay their taxes when they are due. Where this doesn't happen, we will start planning a course of action to recover the debt. We do this in a firm, measured and fair manner. For more information about debt management, read the Debt Management Guideline here.
We routinely use consultation on legislative, procedural or administrative changes to provide taxpayers, taxation and other professionals, and representative stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to improving the effectiveness of State taxation administration.
The State Revenue Office presumes that taxpayers intend to meet their obligations. However, by law we are required to ensure compliance with tax laws.
Our Compliance Strategy takes a twofold approach:
- encouraging and supporting voluntary compliance, and
- intervening in cases where state taxation obligations are not met (either in error or deliberately).
Investigations - what you should know.
To administer Tasmanian taxation laws, we exchange information with other State Revenue Offices and the Australian Taxation Office. This helps us accurately identify and assess the taxpayer's taxation liabilities.
Information exchange is undertaken in accordance with: