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Australia Accuses Muslim Clerics Of Tax Evasion

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

14 March 2007


Australia's Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, Peter Dutton, has written to the Australian Tax Commissioner asking him to investigate media reports that some radical Islamic clerics are encouraging their followers to avoid paying tax.

“Reports today that some radical Islamic clerics are encouraging their followers to avoid paying tax are very disappointing," Dutton said in a statement on Tuesday.

He continued:

“The vast majority of hard-working Australians won’t tolerate that attitude and expect that all income earners pay their fair share of tax, no matter what their background.”

“Australians understand that our taxes fund the education system, the health system, the welfare system, roads, defence forces and a range of other services for the benefit of our community.”

“Ripping off other income earners by dodging the tax system is unfair on families and businesses who pay their fair share.”

“I encourage people to contact the Australian Taxation Office regarding anyone they suspect of cheating on tax or encouraging others to do so.”

The government is urging taxpayers to contact the Australian Tax Office anonymously to report suspected cases of tax evasion through a free-call telephone service or via the ATO's website.


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