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Friday, 24 August 1984
Page: 383

(Question No. 976)

Senator Peter Baume asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 15 June 1984:

(1) Was a complaint about taxation matters made by a Mr Russell Hancock, formerly of 26 Water Street, Lidcombe, New South Wales?

(2) Was it necessary to have two officers specially sworn in to comply with the secrecy provisions of the Taxation Act in order to obtain satisfactory information in relation to matters raised by Mr Hancock.

(3) Who were the officers of the Taxation Department specially sworn in to make inquiries about Mr Hancock's allegations.

(4) When were the officers sworn in.

(5) What questioning of officers of the Taxation Department was carried out.

Senator Walsh —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I am unable to answer the honourable senator's question. Under the secrecy provisions of the income tax law, the Commissioner of Taxation is permitted to disclose information relating to a taxpayer's affairs only to the taxpayer or a person authorised to act on the taxpayer's behalf, or in other limited circumstances which are not relevant here.

The Commissioner of Taxation has advised that he would be pleased to respond to specific questions which the particular person, or another person authorised to act on his behalf, may wish to put to him in writing.