ATO Data Matching Temporary Visa Holders Beware
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently published new protocols on data matching between Commonwealth Departments and Agencies.
Introduction of the new protocols is expected to dramatically increase fraud detection.
Possible non-compliance and fraudulent activities of up to 1 million temporary visa holders are to be scrutinized.
The period of review will cover successive financial years from 2013 and will continue to the end of 2016-17 financial year.
Details of data matching protocols for temporary visa holders available here.
Details of ATO protocols and procedures available here.
Sanctions and penalties for individuals and organisations found to be involved in activities defrauding the Commonwealth are to include visa cancellations, fines and possible jail sentences.
Information will be collected from an estimated 1 million visa holders and is likely to include:
- Address history for visa applicants and sponsors
- Contact history for visa applicants and sponsors
- All visa grants
- Visa grant status by point in time
- Migration agents (visa application preparer who assisted or facilitated the processing of the visa)
- Address history for migration agents
- Contact history for migration agents
- All international travel movements undertaken by visa holders (arrivals and departures)
- Sponsor details (457 visa)
- Education providers (educational institution where the student visa holder intends to undertake their study)
- Visa subclass name.
This information will used to improve the integrity of visa program and compliance with migration and taxation laws. Efforts are expected to greatly reduce immigration fraud and assist in developing strategies to address effective operation and compliance.
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