Can you keep a secret? The obligation of secrecy and right to disclose taxpayers' information

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Show simple item record Keating, Mark en 2012-04-10T23:27:54Z en 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Australian Tax Review 38(3):135-160 2009 en
dc.identifier.issn 0311-094X en
dc.identifier.uri en
dc.description.abstract The secrecy of taxpayer information is a vital component of the tax system in both Australia and New Zealand. Strict limits on the use of information are contained in tax legislation and harsh penalties are imposed for breaches of secrecy. However, the statutory restrictions are subject to a wide exception permitting disclosure of information for the purpose of carrying out the Commissioners lawful duties. In a recent judgment, the New Zealand Supreme Court upheld the Commissioner's use of confidential information belonging to other taxpayers in litigation to defend an assessment, effectively overriding the secrecy of those other taxpayers. At the same time, courts in both Australia and New Zealand have consistently restricted taxpayers'access to confidential information about other taxpayers on the grounds of secrecy. The secrecy provisions and the right to disclose confidential information have therefore potentially become a tactical weapon for the Commissioner against which taxpayers have little defence. en
dc.publisher Lawbook Co. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Australian Tax Review en
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dc.title Can you keep a secret? The obligation of secrecy and right to disclose taxpayers' information en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 135 en
pubs.volume 38 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Lawbook Co. en en
pubs.end-page 160 en
dc.rights.accessrights en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 101295 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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