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The new tax agent services regime - implications for taxpayers.

Publication date: 01 Nov 07 | Source: INTAX

Issue: Issue 10 2007

Pages: pp.22-26

Taxpayers who use the services of tax agents will face increased costs under the proposed new tax agent services regime and may not be able to limit the scope of engagements by asking agents to make factual assumptions. This article looks at the impact of the proposed measures and urges a broader application of the provisions removing penalties for tax shortfalls arising from tax agent errors and the removal of the requirement for tax agents to verify their clients' instructions.

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Sue leads EY's Melbourne Tax Controversy practice. She has acted in various AAT, Federal Court, High Court and Supreme Court cases relating to various Commonwealth and state taxes, and has advised clients on a broad range of taxation issues including income tax, GST and PRRT. Sue is also an accredited mediator and has assisted clients in resolving disputes using various alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Sue is a member of the ATO Dispute Resolution Committee and is a former president of The Tax Institute. - Current at
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