Aussies sick of ‘dodgy’ tax avoiders: ATO

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AUSTRALIANS are sick of people ripping off the system and they’re not afraid to say so.

The Australian Taxation Office received a record 15,000 tip-offs to its Tax Integrity Centre in the three months to the end of September.

Most of the complaints were about people not declaring income, living a lifestyle above their means and demanding tax-free cash-in-hand payments.

“We’re hearing loud and clear that people are sick and tired of this kind of dodgy behaviour,” ATO assistant commissioner Peter Holt said on Friday.

“It’s also effectively stealing from the community.”

The information gathered by the ATO has also highlighted a major problem in the cafe and restaurant sector, which employs almost one million workers.

“There is a black economy problem in the cafe and restaurant industry,” Mr Holt said.

“The fact that tip-offs about this industry top our list tells us that there is still more work to be done to protect honest cafe and restaurant owners and workers.”

Other industries singled out include hairdressing, beauty treatments, building and construction and cleaning.

Most of the complainants were from NSW, followed by Victoria and Queensland.