Mr Taylor’s term as chair of the TPB ended on 21 January, after six years in charge.
His replacement has not yet been named, with existing board member, Mr Lewis, acting in the role of chair until 1 April or until the position is filled permanently at an earlier date.
“I feel proud of what we have accomplished and how we have handled the difficult challenges that have confronted us,” Mr Taylor said.
“I believe that I depart with the TPB now in better shape than it was when I commenced as chair six years ago.”
Mr Lewis thanked Mr Taylor for his leadership over the past six years, noting his achievements, including the introduction of nearly 20,000 financial advisers who provide tax advice into the TPB regime.
He noted Mr Taylor’s work in introducing the annual declaration process for all tax practitioners, developing a strong tax practitioner outreach program including its successful webinar program, and providing policy guidance on emerging issues such as cyber security, cloud computing, and offshore arrangements.
“On behalf of the board, I would to thank Ian for the leadership he has provided as chair over the past six years and for his significant contribution to the development and evolution of the board over that time,” Mr Lewis said.
“Having been a member of the board for the past three years and acted as chair on a number occasions, I am enthused by the opportunity to step into the role.
I look forward to delivering on the board’s 2019 strategy which has a strong compliance focus on tax practitioners continuing to meet high standards of professional and ethical conduct.”
Mr Lewis is a chartered accountant who began his career at KPMG, before moving to EY as a tax principal, then returning to KPMG as a partner. He has also worked for law firm MinterEllison and was most recently the managing director of specialist industrial fittings manufacturer Bayside Benders Pty Ltd.
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