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Thursday, 11 April 1957

Mr Ward d asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   Have officers of the Taxation Department been engaged upon an investigation of widespread tax evasion which dates back to the boom wool years of 1950 and 1951?

2.   If so, have these special inquiries already uncovered hundreds of cases of tax evasion arising from the sale of wool under fictitious names deals in stock, wheat and fodder, and unrecorded cash sales?

3.   Have some of the tax evaders sought the aid of Government members to prevent publication of their names in the Taxation Commissioner's annual report?

Sir Arthur Fadden - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Taxation officials are continuously engaged in the investigation and detection of cases involv ing evasion of taxation. These investigations are undertaken in relation to all classes of taxpayers located in city, urban and rural areas.

2.   The only information available to me in relation to individuals or companies who have specifically evaded their tax liabilities as that contained in the Commissioner's annualreport to Parliament.

3.   I have no knowledge of any honorable member's aid being sought for the prevention of the publication in the Commissioner's report of the name of a taxpayer who has evaded tax.

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