The ATO will access data from the Department of Home Affairs on passenger movements from 2016–17 to 2022–23.

The data will be electronically matched with certain sections of ATO data holdings to identify taxpayers that can be provided with tailored information to help them meet their tax and superannuation obligations, or to ensure taxation and superannuation compliance.

ATO Data Matching Program Passenger Movements

The data items will include;

  • full name,
  • personal identifier (PID),
  • date of birth,
  • gender,
  • arrival date,
  • departure date,
  • passport Information, and
  • status types (visa status, residency, lawful, Australian citizen).

The objectives of the passenger movements data-matching program are to;

  • promote voluntary compliance and increase community confidence in the integrity of the tax and superannuation systems,
  • improve knowledge of the overall level of identity and residency compliance risks, including registration, lodgement, reporting and payment obligations,
  • gain insights from the data to help develop and implement, administrative strategies to improve voluntary compliance, which may include educational or compliance activities,
  • identify ineligible tax and superannuation claims,
  • refine existing risk detection models and treatment systems to identify and educate individuals and businesses who may be failing to meet their registration, lodgement and payment obligations and help them comply, and
  • identify potentially new or emerging non-compliance, and entities controlling or exploiting those methodologies.

Source: CHH