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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 157

Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 18 November 2004:

With reference to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the non-payment of superannuation contributions by small businesses: Why does the ATO not regularly and routinely monitor superannuation compliance in the same way that it monitors goods and services tax and provisional tax compliance.

Senator Coonan (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —As the question deals with matters administered by the Australian Taxation Office, I have asked the Commissioner of Taxation for advice. The advice in relation to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

The Commissioner’s Compliance Program 2003-2004 outlined the significant programs being undertaken by the ATO to maintain high levels of employer compliance with superannuation guarantee obligations. This includes investigating all cases where employees notify the ATO that their employer had not paid superannuation.