Outlaw motorcycle gang
members targeted to pay their fair share of tax
SHANEE DOBESON NOVEMBER 2, 2015 10:12 AM
More than 200 outlaw motorcycle gang members dodging
their tax responsibilities have been targeted in a joint ATO and police
Officers from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and state police made
surprise visits to more than 200 individuals and business with links to
outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG’s) as part of a week of action.
Together, more than 200 legal and other notices have been served
involving millions of dollars, for failing to comply with their
obligations that included lodgment of returns, paying taxes that are due
and correctly returning the income they have earned.
This is the first time a nationally coordinated activity targeting the
tax obligations of those involved in motorcycle gangs has been
undertaken on such a scale. The operation has involved over 100 people
from the ATO, AFP and state and territory police services.
It comes as the latest crackdown in National Taskforce-Operation
Morpheus, a joint agency taskforce aimed at detection, deterrence and
disruption of OMCG’s and their members.
Operation Morpheus chair NSW Police Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace
said the action forms an important part of efforts to combat criminal
“These gangs rely on money to continue their illegal activities, so
disrupting their resources is an example of another way law enforcement
agencies are acting to dismantle their operations,” Detective
Superintendent Wallace said.
“Operation Morpheus will continue to use every tool at its disposal to
see the end of these criminal gangs.”
An ATO spokesperson said it was important people be held to account for
defrauding the tax system and cheating the community of revenue.
“We are committed to ensuring that those involved in OMCG activities are
made to pay their fair share of tax and are more open with their tax
affairs. Improvements in technology enable us to better use data and
intelligence to build an income, wealth and tax compliance picture so we
can undergo targeted activities such as this.”
Agencies involved in Operation Morpheus include the Australian Crime
Commission (ACC), Department of Immigration and Border Protection
(Border Force), Australian Federal and State Police and the ATO.