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The Pandora Papers is the biggest trove of leaked offshore data, comprising 11.9 million files "exposing" the alleged secret wealth and dealings of the world's richest and most powerful. The documents were released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Australia's Taxation Office to Examine Pandora Papers for Possible Misconduct by Citizens

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) said on 4 October that it will look into the journalistic exposé of tax evasion schemes among top-level officials worldwide, known as the Pandora Papers, to identify any possible Australian links.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published the Pandora Papers on 3 October, revealing that over 35 current and former world leaders, as well as more than 330 officials around the world, used offshore companies to avoid taxation of income. The dossier contains over 11.9 million leaked financial documents.

"We are well connected locally and globally in our efforts to fight financial crime. We will certainly look at this data set and compare it with the data we already have to identify any potential connections", Will Day, ATO deputy commissioner and chief of the Serious Financial Crime Taskforce, was quoted as saying in a statement.

He described the data in the ICIJ investigation as "interesting" but stressed that his agency has dealt with offshore tax evasion before and has not taken leaks as a credible source for detecting such crimes.
The ATO has a set of international partners providing reliable information on the matter and agreements enabling such cooperation, Day added.
He called on Australians who have undeclared offshore income to contact the agency.
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