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What corporate taxpayers need to know about the ATO's approach to litigation.

Publication date: 24 Aug 06 | Source: WEEKLY TAX BULLETIN

Issue: No. 35 2006

Pages: pp.1368-69

Abstract:
The Federal Government recently released the Inspector-General of Taxation's report into the Tax Office's management of tax litigation [http://www.igt.gov.au/content/reports/Litigation_report/default.asp]: This article discusses the report's key findings, including that sometimes, the ATO's over-emphasis on enforcement can compromise its objectivity and fairness in litigation, and the implications of the recommendations for corporate taxpayers.

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Ross Stitt
Ross is a Lawyer and Accountant with over 10 years' GST experience in Australia and New Zealand. He joined Allens Arthur Robinson's tax practice in early 2000 and has advised clients on a wide range of GST issues. He is currently a Partner and specialises in the most complex aspects of the GST regime including the implications of cross-border transactions and issues in the financial services sector. Prior to joining Allens, Ross was the head of tax in the Auckland office of leading New Zealand law firm Chapman Tripp. Before that he was a tax partner with Arthur Andersen. - Current at 01 August 2009
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