18 Jun 13 Anti-Gang Taskforce can receive protected information
The Taxation Administration Regulations 1976 have been amended to prescribe the National Anti-Gang Taskforce (NAGT) as a taskforce that can receive, or have disclosed to it, protected information that is for, or in connection with, a purpose of the NAGT: Tax Administration and Tax Agent Services Legislation Amendment Regulation 2013 (SLI 2013 No 130; registered 17 June 2013).
Protected information is generally tax-related information that could reasonably be used to identify a taxpayer.
On 3 March 2013, the government announced that the NAGT would be established on 1 July 2013 to combat gang-related crime and protect the public finances of Australia from gang-related abuses of the tax system. The NAGT will be comprised of members from Federal and State Police forces as well as officers from multiple Commonwealth agencies, including the ATO.