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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator GARDINER asked the Minister representing the Treasurer-

1.   How many wage-earners have been prosecuted (a) for "failing to make a Federal income tax return, and (b ) for omitting taxable income from their returns?

2.   How many pastoralists' and business men's books have been examined to ascertain whether they have omitted income from their returns or have failed to make income tax returns?

3.   Is the Treasurer in favour of decentralizing the administrative work of the Federal Taxation Department?

4.   Is he aware whether all disputed cases requiring the Commissioner's decision have to be referred to Melbourne; and, if so, whether this method involves taxpayers in payments exceeding many thousands of pounds annually?

5.   Does the Treasurer think that one man is capable of administering all the taxation laws, and determining the value of land where taxpayers object to the departmental valuation; if so, in what respect is the Commissioner more capable of doing this work than the Deputy Commissioner in each State?

6.   Is the Treasurer willing to allow all taxpayers to make their returns for income and land tax to the Deputy in the State in which the taxpayer resides, and absentees to the Deputy Commissioner in the State most convenient to the taxpayer?

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