What makes the conveyancing process successful ?

Conveyancing-Expertsthe kind of information which would have been obtained as a result of the 1981 inquiries. The requirement to retain a brief summary of any such investigation was also confirmed. The Revenue were asked to clarify which part of the Official Secrets Act the Inspector had, in his letter of 15 August 1997, considered relevant to Mrs D’s information request. In reply, they said the Inspector had concluded that Mrs D was seeking information about the Revenue’s dealings with the company as a whole and, because this had been obtained in confidence, it could not be disclosed.

The reference to the Official Secrets Act was, however, inappropriate and incorrect in the circumstances as staff were subject to that in respect of matters relating only to the national interest. other legislation applied when dealing with taxpayer confidentiality, although it was not normal practice to make specific reference to it. The Ombudsman’s staff then made further enquiries about the Revenue’s policy on the retention and disposal of files.

The Revenue said that they kept a permanent file on www.perthpropertyvaluations.net.au  each company and self-employed person which was held until the tax payer ceased to exist this was the type of file which a district tax office would maintain.They had searched their manual, microfiche and computer records but were unable to locate any files on the Special Office’s 1981 inquiry. They said they would be willing to search their records again if the Ombudsman’s staff (or Mrs D or the company) possessed any documents bearing a reference number relating to that enquiry.

The file contained internal communications, correspondence and notes of meetings between the Revenue and several firms of legal reporters, including one with the company in question on 28 May 1981. Mrs D will be familiar with all the personal, purely factual, information about her which I found on the Special Office’s file and, in my view. none of that information is therefore protected from disclosure by any of the fifteen exemptions in Part II of the Code.