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HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

The HPE 3PAR SANs that twice failed at the Australian Taxation Office had warned of outages for months, but HPE decided the arrays were in no danger of major failure. Combined with decisions to place the SANs' recovery software on the SANs themselves, and HPE's configuration of the SANs for speed, not resilience, the failures …
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Plutus Payroll clients given hope pension payments will land

Australia's taxation commissioner Chris Jordan has given contractors impacted by the alleged fraud at Plutus Payroll hope they may yet receive compulsory superannuation payments. In a lengthy account of the joint Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation delivered to a Senate Committee …
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2017
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Twice-crashed HPE SANs at Oz Tax Office built for speed, not strength, and turned off error reporting

Oz taxation commissioner Chris Jordan has revealed that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has reached a commercial settlement with HPE over the two outages to its online services caused by 3PAR storage arrays. In remarks made to a Senate Committee today, Jordan said: "The turnkey service of data storage as per the 3PAR SAN …
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2017
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Australian Taxation Office won't penalise Plutus contractors

The Australian Taxation Office has issued guidance to clients of Plutus Payroll, the company accused of AU$165m scam, and says they “will not be penalised” if the company hasn't paid the right amount of tax on their behalf. “As a worker you won’t be penalised if the amount reported as being withheld is not actually paid to the …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2017
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Payroll-for-contractors company named at centre of AU$165m tax scam scheme

When Australian payroll-for-contractors outfit Plutus Payroll stopped paying its customers, several pointed out that the company looked too good to be true – because it did not charge for its services. And now we know why: the biz has been named at the centre of an AU$165 million (US$122.5m, £94.5m) fraud against the …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2017
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Plutus Payroll says deal with Australian Taxation Office may be close

Tech contractors left unpaid by the “suspension” of activities by Australian company Plutus Payroll finally have the prospect of good news, after the firm strongly hinted at conciliation with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and started talking to its customers again. In an email sent to affected contractors and shared to …

Australian Taxation Office named as party preventing IT contractors being paid

Exclusive Plutus Payroll has named the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as the party with which it is in dispute and ostensibly the reason it has been unable to pay hundreds of contractors owed weeks of pay, as The Register has reported earlier this week. An email sent to contractors and seen by The Register on Friday evening (Australia …
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Australian Taxation Office successfully replaces SAN, web site then fails anyway

The Australian Taxation Office says its planned Easter outage to replace its infamously wobbly HPE storage area network went well. The Register prodded the ATO today because its website went down in the morning, as was the case after the SAN problems that took its site and services offline for several days in December 2016 and …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2017
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Australian Tax Office stays schtum on whether HPE outages report is complete

The PwC review on just what went wrong with the Australian Taxation Office's HPE storage is … well we can't say exactly what it is. And that's odd because commissioner of taxation Chris Jordan said in a speech delivered on March 16th that “This review will report back to me around the end of March.” And here we are on April …
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Hardware 'dislodged' from HPE SAN during cable replacement

The Australian Taxation Office will install a new Hewlett Packard Enterprise storage area network over Easter. The Office's 3Par SAN went down in December 2016, taking with it several online services that Australian citizens and tax professionals use to settle their affairs with the government. Taxation Commissioner Chris …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2017
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3Par brought down Australian Tax Office with >REDACTED<

Hewlett Packard Enterprise “failed to deliver on the contractual terms” it agreed with Australia's Taxation Office after 3Par storage arrays twice failed at the Office, according to commissioner of taxation Chris Jordan. But the cause of the problems may never be publicly revealed. Speaking before a Senate Estimates* hearing …
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Australian Tax Office's HPE SAN failed twice in slightly different ways

The Australia Taxation Office's HPE SAN failed twice, in different ways, when causing its infamous December and February outages that brought down online tax services on which citizens and accountants rely. And despite the Tax Office telling the world on its blog that it had “commissioned a new Storage Area Network (SAN) which …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2017
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HPE SAN causes four-day outage at Australian Tax Office

Updated HPE's crack repair squad has laboured for over four days to replace kit at Australia's Taxation Office, with no guarantee that the Office's online services would be back online come Monday. HPE and the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO's) troubles started in mid-December 2016, when some ATO services went offline The ATO named …

HPE says 3PAR problem that broke Australia was a one-off. Probably

Hewlett Packard Enterprise says the 3PAR Storage SNAFU that took the Australian Taxation Office offline for a week does not appear to be a systemic problem. The ATO went down hard last week, with many online services that citizens, businesses and the bean-counting industry rely on disappearing from the internet as a result. …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2016
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HPE storage meltdown at Australian Tax Office lost no taxpayer data

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has revealed that no taxpayer data was lost as a result of the weird crash of Hewlett Packard Enterprise 3Par storage kit. The ATO described the Monday outage as the result of a never-before-experienced problem that HPE was working to fix. The Register understands a 3Par storage rig was to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2016
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Australian biz will have MERE DAYS to patch for FY15/16 tax changes

It looks like the conveyor belt's broken at the Australian Taxation Office, because vendors of accounting and HR software are releasing their new financial year compliance patches rather late. Oracle's just released its FY 15/16 compliance patch, which will ensure Australian users of Oracle's Payroll wares are up to date with …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2015
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Australia forces UberX drivers to become tax collectors

Australia's Taxation Office has issued a guidance note titled “Providing taxi travel services through ride-sourcing and your tax obligations” that makes it clear Uber drivers need to register for, collect and pay the nation's goods and services tax (GST). The note coins the term “ride-sourcing” and defines it as “an ongoing …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2015

ATO casts loving eyes over cybercrime intercept powers

Hot on the heels of the passage of Australia’s Cybercrime Amendment Bill – which expands Australia’s interception regime in an effort to bring it into line with European practices – the Australian Taxation Office is reportedly looking for more interception powers as well. If this report in The Australian is accurate, it …

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