The ATO advises that it signed a contract with Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) on 30 March 2006 for the provision of services to run a debt referral pilot. The ATO is not selling debt; any uncollected debt will remain the responsibility of the ATO. As part of this pilot, it is possible that an agent or one of their clients may receive a letter and/or phone call from D&B regarding an amount owing to the ATO.
D&B will initially contact taxpayers by letter using the business address registered with the ATO. If the business address is a tax agent address, the agent can advise D&B of an alternative mail address and/or telephone contact for their client without making any change to the contact details recorded in ATO systems or impact on the flow of other information between the ATO and the agent, or their client.
The ATO has only authorised D&B to attempt to secure payment in full or a payment arrangement. They will not be receipting payments on the ATO's behalf. Payment will still be made via existing ATO payment channels.
For a copy of the ATO advice, go here.