September 2010 Newsletter
ATO Keeps a Close Eye on the Cash Economy
The Tax Office has reminded taxpayers that increased data-matching and benchmarking will be used to identify businesses participating in the cash economy.
The Tax Office says, this year, it will write to 110,000 small business taxpayers which it believes may be participating in the cash economy. It said the majority of the letters sent were to businesses reporting outside the small business performance benchmarks.
However, the Tax Office noted that businesses that fall within the benchmarks should not assume that they are safe from an ATO audit or review.
The Tax Office said the benchmarks complement its recently expanded data-matching program, which now includes data from online auction sites eBay and Trading Post.
TIP: The Tax Office Compliance Program for 2010-11 noted that the cash economy continues to be a major focus. Specific behaviours that the Tax Office is concerned about include: paying cash-in-hand wages; skimming some or all of the cash takings; barter and running part of normal business activities off the books.