Since 1 July this year, a new Serious Financial Crime Taskforce has been operating to ensure that Commonwealth financial crimes are disrupted and deterred. The Taskforce is led by the Australian Federal Police, and also includes:
- the ATO
- Australian Crime Commission
- the Attorney-General’s Department
- Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
- the Australian Border Force
The Taskforce will work closely with international partner agencies, governments and organisations around the world and will initially concentrate on international tax evasion and criminality related to trusts and ‘phoenix activity’ (when companies deliberately and repeatedly liquidate to avoid paying creditors, employee entitlements and taxes).