ATO data-matching programs

The ATO has announced it will engage in the following data-matching programs:

  • it will acquire motor vehicle registry data from state and territory motor vehicle registry authorities for 2019/20 through to 2021/22, with records relating to approximately 1.5 million individuals to be obtained each financial year; and
  • it will acquire data on Australian sales made through online selling platforms for the 2018/19 through to 2022/23 financial years, collecting 20,000 to 30,000 account records each financial year (with around half of the matched accounts relating to individuals).

These records will be electronically matched with ATO data holdings to identify non-compliance with registration, lodgment, reporting and payment obligations under taxation laws.

Other important changes have been made with the data-matching program amendment notice being gazetted on 5 February 2021 for the purpose of verifying eligibility criteria for:

(i) JobKeeper payments
(ii) temporary early access to superannuation
(iii) temporary cash flow boost and
(iv) JobMaker Hiring Credit.

The notice states that the ATO will acquire:

  • confirmation of government payment made to applicants of temporary early access to superannuation for the period of 19 April 2020 to 31 December 2020 from Services Australia
  • confirmation from Services Australia of income support payments made to additional employees nominated by applicants for Jobmaker Hiring Credit for the period of 7 October 2020 to 6 October 2021. Income support payments must have been received for at least 28 consecutive days within the 84 days prior to commencing employment within 7 October 2020 to 6 October 2021 and
  • details of incarcerated individuals for the period of 1 March 2020 to 6 October 2021 from State and Territory correctional facility regulators.

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