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Government calls on tax agents called to speak about ATO


Tax agents have been invited to provide feedback on the ATO’s performance as a parliamentary committee’s review draws to a close.

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The House Tax and Revenue Committee’s review of the Australian Taxation Commissioner’s Annual Report for 2016–2017 is seeking final comments on the administration of our tax system.

Its annual review of the performance of the ATO tests the Tax Office’s reportage against evidence from taxpayers, tax experts, professionals and agency scrutineers, such as the Australian National Audit Office.

Topics of particular interest to the committee include the ATO’s fairness in management of tax debts and the dispute process, and the impact of IT transformation and platform issues – including blackouts for short durations.

The reporting period for 2016–2017 covers the series of major system outages that occurred in late 2016, and again in February 2017.

Committee Chair Jason Falinski will also look at the ATO’s treatment of tax debts, following scrutiny from the Inspector-General of Taxation after reports surfaced on the alleged use of “cash-grab” garnishee notices.

“With the inquiry drawing to a close, the committee now makes a final call to taxpayers and other stakeholders for feedback on ATO performance,” Mr Falinski said.

Submissions should be lodged by Tuesday, 9 October 2018 on the committee’s website at www.aph.gov.au/taxrev or by contacting the committee secretariat on 02 6277 4821.

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