By Janine Perrett

Oooh, I do so love a tough talking Tax Commissioner.

ATO chief Chris Jordan yesterday gave a commanding performance before Senate Estimates yesterday when he announced time had run out for tax dodging multinationals.

"Enough is enough,” said an obviously fed-up Commissioner Jordan.

Then, in case they didn't get the message, he described how he was fed up with being "stooged" as the offenders string along the tax office.

The definition of stooged by the way is "one who allows oneself to be used for another's profit".

A perfect word to describe how these companies, predominantly tech giants, are exploiting tax laws and ripping off the Australian taxpayer with their profit shifting antics.

Mr Jordan also showed a touch of sarcasm when he noted these companies boast of being technological leaders yet cannot even provide simple documents required for their audit.

Of course this is all very well but tough words have to be backed up with tough action.

Mr Jordan even signalled he would be more willing to take the offenders to court.

That is a helpful sign given how many secret deals are done for a fraction of the bill.

Unfortunately even that doesn't fill me with a lot of hope because the companies boast that they are acting well within the existing laws.

Sure some of them are pushing the envelope (to use old pre-tech language) and the ATO might get some clarity in the odd court decision, but overall they are simply using their vast profits to get expensive legal and accounting advice on how to exploit our laws.

Mr Jordan's tough talk also needs to be backed up by tough action in the parliament - it's all about the laws stupid.

And while our inept politicians are arguing over a GST rise they should really be focusing on closing any loopholes for this red-hot problem.

And as for the corporates, including the BCA, who will say the crack-down is an excuse to cut our company taxes as we will just send them offshore to lower taxing countries like Ireland and Singapore; I say balderdash.

If other third world, second world or financially destitute first world countries want to undercut us they can do so down to zero.

Given the fact they are already shifting profits to those countries now cutting our company tax rate a few percent, even ten percent, will make little difference.

More importantly given recent figures that show how very little tax is paid, in some cases virtually nothing, by many of the large corporates here and abroad, their arguments ring hollow.

The only one in Canberra who seems to have his finger on the pulse of the electorate at the moment, finally, is the ATO chief.

Goodness at this rate he might morph the role of ATO chief from Australia's favourite villain into our champion.

OK now I'm stretching.