BDO Australia has announced that Jason de Boer, a tax partner at the mid-tier firm, will serve on the advisory panel throughout 2016, along with Mark Molesworth, who has been reappointed to his panel position.
The advisory panel assists the Board of Taxation in the general performance of its charter and in advising the Treasurer on improvements to the general integrity and functioning of the tax system.
BDO Australia national chairman Helen Argiris noted that Mr de Boer's appointment reflects both his deep technical understanding and his commitment to improving the tax system in Australia.
"This will be Jason's first year as a member of the panel and the appointment recognises both the calibre of his technical expertise as well as his thought leadership on enhancing accounting standards," Ms Argiris said.
At BDO, Mr de Boer has acted as a consultant to the ATO, and has been involved with the Australian Accounting Standards Board in the development of technical thought leadership, including preparing comment letters and responses to specific tax accounting matters.
Mr Molesworth has served in similar consultative roles, and will continue in his current role on the panel.
“Despite membership of the advisory panel changing from time to time and being reviewed periodically, Mark has been a member of the panel since 2013,” Ms Argiris said.
She noted that Mr Molesworth is passionate about tax reform and that Australian taxpayers would be kept at the forefront of his mind when important taxation decisions are being made at the highest levels.
“It is comforting to know that the board will continue to benefit from having someone of Mark’s calibre on call to assist in achieving its goal of advising the Treasurer on improving the quality and effectiveness of Australia’s tax legislation,” Ms Argiris said.