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6 Jun, 2014

Australia’s rich get amnesty to declare offshore tax structures

One hundred of Australia’s richest people have taken advantage of a rare amnesty from the Australian Taxation Office – issued in March this year – to reveal their use of secretive offshore tax havens without severe punishment.

There has also been a ”large number of expressions of interest” in addition to those 100 people, according to the ATO’s second commissioner of compliance, Neil Olesen.

The Australian Taxation Office introduced the so-called tax amnesty to encourage rich taxpayers with offshore assets to declare their interests and tax structures ahead of a global crackdown on international tax havens.

The initiative provides an amnesty for the rich – those with wealth of $30 million or more – with undeclared offshore income and assets.

Read the rest: Australia’s rich come forward to declare their offshore tax structures.