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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . . Page.. 2727 ..


(1) How will the Revenue Office determine which properties to investigate further when using aggregate data collected from utilities in relation to modelling undertaken for the Land Tax Amendment Act 2018.

(2) How were the utilities usage thresholds determined in relation to modelling undertaken for the Land Tax Amendment Act 2018.

(3) Will the Revenue Office request or receive data from utilities for use in relation to land tax or other taxation matters; if so, can the Treasurer provide (a) what data will be requested or received, (b) how often the data will be requested or received, (c) how the data will be used and (d) whether there are any privacy risks associated with the data; if not, why not.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The modelling undertaken on utilities data was for the purpose of estimating the revenue impact of changes to land tax contained in the Land Tax Amendment Act 2018. The approach to compliance by the ACT Revenue Office to implement these changes is yet to be fully determined and will evolve over time. Aggregate data obtained from utilities companies is unlikely to provide sufficient detail to assist with land tax compliance investigations.

(2) For electricity, an average daily threshold of 3 kilowatt hours was used and for water an annual threshold of 20 kilolitres was used. Utility providers advised consumption below these amounts is a reliable indication a property is vacant.

(3) Should the ACT Revenue Office wish to use data on power and water usage for compliance purposes in the future, this can be obtained from utility companies using the investigative powers in Division 9.2 of the Taxation Administration Act 1999. The privacy risks associated with this data are the same as other data held by the ACT Revenue Office, including that collected from third parties. The Revenue Office holds and uses this data in accordance with both its privacy policy and the Information Privacy Act 2014.

Land—rent scheme (Question No 1354)

Mr Coe asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 11 May 2018:

Can the Treasure provide a breakdown of the total (a) number of applications for the Land Rent Scheme received by the ACT Revenue Office, (d) number of applications approved and (c) value of payments made; broken down by each financial year since its commencement to date.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The information is shown in the table below. The ACT Revenue Office does not record the number of Land Rent applications received - only successful applications are recorded.


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