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3 out of 4 tax dob-ins are about business

The Tax Office has confirmed that the majority of “tip-offs” it receives about possible tax avoidance are related to business, amid concerns competitors may play dirty by “dobbing in” innocent businesses.

           

 

The ATO recently revealed it is on track to receive more than 70,000 tip-offs about undeclared income and dodgy tax practices this financial year — a major increase on the 51,000 received last year.

“We’re seeing an upwards trend in the volume of referrals about people suspected of participating in the black economy, which suggests that honest businesses have had enough of competitors cheating the system and getting an unfair advantage,” said ATO assistant commissioner Peter Holt at the time.

At least one My Business reader expressed concerns that some of these tip-offs may have nefarious intentions.

“My concern is what happens if someone wants to cause harm to a business or person out of spite?” the anonymous commenter said.

“Dobbing is very un-Australian and I believe that guidelines should be given so that people know what is a tax dodge and what may be a legitimate occurrence of payment either way.

“Many small business[es] receive cash or pay cash to non-tax-claiming employees such as casual jobs of a couple of hours to teenagers for simple jobs.”

Almost three-quarters relate to business: ATO

The ATO was approached for comment on these concerns about the authenticity of tip-offs it receives.

While it did not directly respond to questions about the proportion of tip-offs that are found to be unsubstantiated, the ATO confirmed via a spokesperson that not all reports lodged result in action being taken.

“We take all tip-offs seriously. All information is assessed and referred to experienced staff who consider the information provided with other indicators to determine the veracity of risk and if any further action is required. We do not take action on all reports,” the spokesperson told My Business.

The spokesperson did, however, confirm that the majority of tip-offs it receives are business related.

“The new Tax Integrity Centre system will enable better reporting capability. However, at a high level, approximately 70 per cent of tip-offs were where someone identified a business,” the spokesperson said.

That would equate to around 49,000 of the projected 70,000 tip-offs the ATO will receive for the 2018–19 financial year.

My Business was advised that the ATO does not keep track of an individual’s motivation for making a tip-off.

New tip-off website set to launch

Asked about what guidelines are provided to taxpayers who may want to lodge their concerns about a third party, the ATO said that it is preparing to launch a dedicated reporting guide.

“From 1 July, our website will be updated (ato.gov.au/tipoff) to include information to support providing a tip-off, including how to make a good tip-off and what information to provide,” the spokesperson said.

“Our hotline staff have [also] received additional training.”

The spokesperson urged anyone making an honest tip-off to be as detailed as possible.

“Even if you only know part details, this information is still very useful,” they told My Business.

“To help us to identify who you are reporting, proving information like their name, an ABN and any social media details are helpful.

“If you know, it is also helpful for us to hear about:

  • what they are doing and where it is happening
  • how long it has been happening
  • information about others involved
  • any advertising they are doing
  • copies of receipts or other materials you have that support your report
  • details of any supporting information you are aware of, what it is and who holds it

 

 

Adam Zuchetti 
27 June 2019 
accountantsdaily.com.au

 

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Chris Wybenga

B.Bus, CA

Chris is the Managing Director of the Firm who established the practice in August 1994 and has been responsible for its growth and development since that time.

Chris has over 35-years experience in the Chartered Accountancy profession, predominantly spent in small to medium sized firms, advising both small business and individuals in areas such as taxation and accounting as well as business restructuring and superannuation advice.

Chris is active in the development of young accountants both in mentoring cadets at the Firm and lecturing in taxation for the CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • 1980 – Commenced employment and part time university studies
  • 1985 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1986 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 1988 – Registered as a Registered Company Auditor
  • 1994 – Established Wybenga & Partners (formerly known as Farrar & Wybenga)

Dianne Bechara

B.Bus, CA

Dianne is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of the practice.

Dianne has over 25-years Chartered Accountancy experience and has significant expertise in providing advice and solutions to high-net-worth individuals and their associated entities. Dianne also has considerable knowledge in the areas of taxation, business services, superannuation, and compliance.

Dianne is active in promoting gender equality in the industry through various programs and mentoring opportunities. Dianne is also committed to the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing her expertise.

  • 1992 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1993 – Commenced employment in acounting profession
  • 1996 – Commenced career with Wybenga & Partners
  • 1997 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2002 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Roger Potter

B.Bus, CA

Roger is responsible for the HR aspect of the Firm, cultivating the culture, and maintaining the highly social environment we pride ourselves on.

Roger has over 30-years in the Chartered Accountancy profession and significant expertise in providing advice and solutions to small businesses and high-net-worth individuals. He also has extensive experience in the areas of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and retirement strategies.

Roger is active in the development of young accountants both in mentoring cadets at the firm and lecturing in taxation for the CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • 1985 – Commenced employment and part time university studies
  • 1990 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1992 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 1998 – Commenced career with Wybenga & Partners
  • 2002 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Tess Uncle

B.Sc, M.Com, CA

Tess has over 15-years experience in Chartered Firms and in this time has had a broad range of experience in superannuation, taxation, and business services. In particular, Tess has had significant experience in MYOB and assisting clients in day-to-day bookkeeping activities and periodic reporting.

Tess is responsible for the Firm’s training and development needs.

Tess is active in promoting gender equality in the industry through various programs and mentoring opportunities. Tess is also committed to the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing her expertise.

  • 2001 – Commenced employment with Wybenga & Partners and part-time accountancy studies
  • 2004 – Graduated Masters of Commerce from the University of New South Wales
  • 2005 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2007 – Promoted to Manager at Wybenga & Partners
  • 2012 – Appointed as Associate Director
  • 2016 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Adam Roberts

B.Bus, B.Sc, CA

Adam has over 13-years experience in Chartered Firms and in this time has had a broad range of experience in superannuation, taxation, and business services. In particular, Adam has had significant experience in MYOB and assisting clients with periodic management reporting.

Adam is responsible for the implementation of technology in the Firm and sourcing new areas of innovation and efficiency.

Adam is active in the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing his expertise.

  • 2005 – Commenced employment with Wybenga & Partners and part-time Accountancy Studies
  • 2005 – Graduated Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Sydney
  • 2007 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney
  • 2010 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2010 – Promoted to Manager at Wybenga & Partners
  • 2012 – Appointed as Associate Director
  • 2016 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

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What is an Accounting Cadetship?
An Accounting Cadetship enables you to commence your career whilst attaining the necessary university qualifications by studying part-time.

How does it work?
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Our cadets benefit from the following:

  • Career path – on completion of their degree our cadets have significant practical experience which will assist them in advancing their careers
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  • Remuneration – working full-time provides a market salary and independence with salaries being reviewed every 6-months

What happens when I complete my degree?
The completion of your degree is the first step of what we hope to be a long and successful career with us. The next step is the commencement of your CA Program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand whilst at the same time continuing your employment with us.

A number of cadets have progressed to Seniors, Managers, and Directors within the firm.

Who should apply?
Current Year 12 students or first/second year University Students who:

  • want to commence their career in accountancy;
  • are due to commence or are currently completing a part-time business or commerce degree at university with an accounting major;
  • want to gain valuable hands-on experience while completing their qualifications;
  • are looking for a friendly working environment;
  • are team players who display initiative;
  • have a commitment to self-development;
  • possess excellent personal presentation and communication skills; and
  • are motivated and mature minded.

How do I apply for an Accounting Cadetship?
To apply for a Cadetship position at Wybenga & Partners send us your details. Please also include in your covering letter why you wish to do a cadetship, include relevant qualities you possess, main interests / achievements, and any previous employment.

Interested candidates should initially forward a resume/covering letter of no more than 3-pages. Please provide full details of contact information (telephone or e-mail).

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For further information about our Cadetship program, please send your enquiry to info@wybengagroup.com.au

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Wybenga & Partners recognises and promotes that there is more to life than work. We know that your needs change and we provide support to balance your work, academic and lifestyle pursuits.

We welcome enquires from trained accountants regarding a career with Wybenga & Partners. Please email us your details to info@wybengagroup.com.au