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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 127

Senator Allison asked the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, upon notice, on 17 November 2004:

(1)   Is the company Betfair registered for the goods and services tax (GST) in Australia; if so, when did it register.

(2)   Is it correct that GST was payable by Betfair on revenues received from Australian residents using this wagering platform; if so: (a) was the GST paid; and (b) if the GST was not paid, what action has been taken in respect of that non-payment.

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:

(1)   Information on entities that are registered with an Australian Business Number as well as their Goods and Services Tax status is publicly available on the Australian Business Register site ABRPublic.

(2)   The Commissioner advises that it is inconsistent with his responsibilities under the secrecy provisions of the tax law to provide specific taxpayer details.