Court document filed by ATO whistleblower as part of immunity application details ‘bad culture’ at department

Debt recovery tactics at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) were so oppressive that a senior Adelaide staff member complained they were “sick of taxpayers threatening suicide”, according to court documents filed by whistleblower Richard Boyle.

The South Australian District Court has released the 50-page affidavit of the former public servant, as Mr Doyle applies to be declared immune from prosecution.

The 46-year-old Adelaide man is facing 24 criminal cartoons, including recording and disclosing public information, stemming from his decision to go public to the ABC on unethical debt recovery techniques at the ATO in 2018.

He pleaded not guilty in 2020 and is yet to face trial.

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