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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

Mr MENZIES - It is probably true that taxpayers, wealthy and otherwise, are at any given moment, engaged in a dispute with the 'Taxation Department. When a dispute occurs, the Taxation

Department satisfies itself of the circumstances and makes an assessment. Means are then available to the taxpayer to test the accuracy of the departmental assessment. Until these steps have been exhausted, and a final decision reached, it has not been the practice of the Commissioner of Taxation to publish the names of taxpayers engaged in disputes with the department. It would be unfair for him to do so.

Mr POLLARD - I did not ask for names.

Mr MENZIES - In the long run, after the case has been concluded, and an award given which indicates that fraud or evasion has occurred, it is the practice of the Commissioner to state, in his annual report, the names of the taxpayers concerned and brief particulars concerning the matter. That will he done in due course, in the case of taxpayers now engaged in disputes with the Commissioner. I am sorry that I cannot possibly add anything to that answer.

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