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Google to pay $481.5m in major win for Australian Tax Office

The search engine giant Google has agreed to pay $481.5m to the Australian Tax Office in a major win for the agency in its battle to force big technology companies to pay tax in Australia. Search engine giant’s settlement brings to $1.25bn the amount collected from ecommerce players including Microsoft, Apple and Facebook.

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Don’t give tax dodgers contracts: inquiry

Companies with aggressive tax avoidance strategies should not be granted government contracts, Australian senators have been told. A Senate committee is currently investigating the outsourcing of government services to private contractors.

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Netflix Australia revealed to be paying minimal tax

Netflix has millions of subscribers in Australia but it has been revealed the streaming service is paying minimal tax. It uses a complex company restructure with its base in the Netherlands, handing over around $340k to the Australian tax man.

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Australian Taxpayers Alliance under scrutiny over election role

The spotlight has fallen on the alliance’s finances after a submission to parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters by progressive umbrella group, the Tax Justice Network. The network has urged the parliamentary committee to investigate the ATA’s funding sources, claiming the alliance is part of a “network of organisations that has close links to foreign backed political lobby groups”.

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Bupa’s aged care homes are failing standards across Australia. Plus the operation to relocate fish from Menindee to a healthier part of the Darling River.

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