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Deadline - 19th December 2014

 

Offshore income tax “amnesty” nearing its end.

       

 

The deadline to take advantage of the ATO’s initiative to allow eligible taxpayers to come forward and voluntarily disclose unreported foreign income and assets with reduced penalties is nearing. The ATO has urged taxpayers with offshore assets to declare their interests ahead of a global crackdown on people using international tax havens.

The Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan earlier this year announced the initiative to allow eligible taxpayers to come forward and voluntarily disclose unreported foreign income and assets. In announcing the initiative, known as “Project DO IT: disclose offshore income today”, the Commissioner warned that it provides a last chance opportunity for those who haven’t declared their overseas assets and income, to come back into the tax system before 19 December 2014, to avoid steep penalties and the risk of criminal prosecution for tax avoidance.

TIP: It should be emphasised that Project DO IT covers both “inadvertent” and “intentional” actions to hide offshore income and/or gains. The ATO has advised that where taxpayers may be unsure as to their eligibility for the initiative, they can contact the ATO’s Project DO IT team to discuss the issue and this can be done anonymously. Please contact our office for further information.

 

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October 2014

 

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