25 Mar 11 On privacy and the Portal
MEMBER 43 writes:
"In the last issue of TAXVINE - see 2011 TAXVINE No 9 (18 March 2011) - Member No 40 raised serious issues on the possible accessing of taxation information by debt collectors. The Debt Collection Industry is not known for its respect of privacy. This issue should be on the agenda of the next meeting of the National Tax Liaison Group meeting. The debt collection activities of the ATO have changed from 'respectful of circumstances and consequences' to any means to collect money. Remember the old saying: 'Sleep with dogs - and you're likely to have fleas'."