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Call to name tax cheats

TAX cheats should have their anonymity stripped away, says Institute of Chartered Accountants director of taxation Ian Langford-Brown.

Mr Langford-Brown said the identities of those who cheated on their taxes were often covered by Section 16 of the Tax Act.

“While we understand this is a protection for those who legitimately want to keep their identities private, we believe the ‘hard nuts’ who continue to break the law should have their identities revealed,” he said.

Mr Langford-Brown said tax cheats should be given the same publicity as robbers.

“The ATO should be allowed to strip away offenders’ anonymity so they would at least have the same shame as a similar offender outside the tax net,” he said.

“The money is owned by the government and taxpayers.”

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