The Australian Taxation Office will visit another 1,650 small businesses around Australia as part of its ongoing crackdown on the black economy.

The target list includes:

  • 350 small businesses in Darwin (August)
  • 400 small businesses in Far North Queensland (August and September)
  • 400 small businesses in the Victorian town of Healesville (August and September)
  • 500 small businesses in the Sydney suburb of Hornsby (September)

Assistant commissioner Peter Holt said the ATO was targeting communities where it had been tipped off about suspicious behaviour.

“Our intelligence suggests that some businesses are not declaring all of their income to the ATO and avoiding their obligations by not paying their entitlements like super and tax contributions,” he said.

“We have also received reports of some businesses operating without proper GST, PAYG withholding or ABN registrations.”

Mr Holt said small businesses that engage in black economy behaviour make it harder for those small businesses that are doing the right thing.

“By detecting and addressing this behaviour, we’re helping to ensure a level playing field for honest small businesses,” he said.

The ATO plans to visit almost 10,000 businesses this financial year throughout Australia in a variety of industries.