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ATO’s digital drive has global dimension, says Commissioner


Forum on Tax Administration doubles down on international co-operation in 20th anniversary session in Sydney.

By Philip King 11 minute read

The ATO’s drive to digitalise has a vital global dimension, ATO Commissioner Chris Jordan told the OECD’s Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) in Sydney, which winds up today.

Mr Jordan, who is vice-chair of the FTA, confirmed the ATO’s end-of-decade target for an automated tax system that was "seamless" to taxpayers.

“A key focus for the ATO is the ongoing digital transformation of tax administration, domestically and globally,” ATO Commissioner Chris Jordan said.


“Tax Administration 3.0 is our vision for 2030, where seamless, integrated, and automated systems allow data to flow from the systems taxpayers already use, to ours, without any extra effort or intervention from them.”

“The digitalisation of the economy has been accelerated through the events of these last few years, and has brought to the forefront the importance of global collaboration on digital technology and tools.”

Mr Jordan said the 15th plenary session of the FTA reaffirmed the strength of global co-operation over tax and highlighted three priorities for the year ahead:

  1. Implementation of the OECD’s two-pillar solution to address the taxation issues arising from digitisation of the economy.
  2. The digital transformation of tax administrations to achieve greater efficiencies.
  3. Supporting tax capacity building in developing nations.

“This year marks 20 years of the FTA, 20 years of international collaboration,” Mr Jordan said.

“As we reflected on the years that have passed, it was clear the depth and strength of co-operation between our members, international organisations, and regional tax administrations has never been stronger.”

The event drew tax delegates and business representatives from around the world to address multinational tax issues and discuss ways to improve the fairness and effectiveness of tax administration.


Philip King

Philip King


Philip King is editor of Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, the leading sources of news, insight, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

Philip joined the titles in March 2022 and brings extensive experience from a variety of roles at The Australian national broadsheet daily, most recently as motoring editor. His background also takes in spells on diverse consumer and trade magazines.

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