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BRISBANE, Nov 13 AAP

November 13 2012, 12:07AM

People who evade, mislead and misinterpret their state taxes will be targeted by the Queensland government.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said Tuesday the government would strengthen tax compliance measures, which are hoped to recover an additional $34 million in 2013.

The changes would target those who intentionally and knowingly flout the rules.

"Businesses fed up with seeing their competitors get an unfair advantage by not meeting their obligations can still make an anonymous tip by telephone or online," Mr Nicholls said in a statement.

The Office of State Revenue (OSR) will have more sources of data and a greater number of investigative techniques to recover the money.

The OSR will focus its attention on companies that avoid payroll tax, businesses which are intentionally structured for tax avoidance, transactions where the data held by the OSR and other agencies doesn't add up, and individuals or businesses who misinterpret the rules.