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Contractor payments data matching program

The ATO has advised that it is continuing its Contractor payments data-matching program.

It will acquire data from businesses that it visits as part of its employer obligations compliance program during the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years.

The data collected from businesses is used to identify contractors that may not be meeting their taxation obligations through:

  • not registering correctly with the ATO;
  • non-lodgment of returns;
  • failing to report payments received; and
  • not paying amounts of tax due to the ATO.

This is an ongoing data matching program and has been conducted for more than five years.