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Mediation as an alternative option in Australia’s tax disputes resolution procedures

Published on 01 Aug 12 by "AUSTRALIAN TAX FORUM" JOURNAL ARTICLE

In 2011 the Inspector-General of Taxation announced the terms of reference of a review into the ATO’s utilisation of early and alternative dispute resolution. Against this background, this article considers mediation as an alternative method in resolving tax disputes. Specifically, this article looks at how mediation is utilised in the tax disputes resolution procedures in the United States and in Australia - by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court of Australia.

It provides recommendations on what the ATO and Australian policymakers can learn from these experiences in order to enhance the use of tax mediation in the disputes resolution process in Australia.

Author profiles:

Andrew J MAPLES
Andrew is an Associate Professor of Taxation Law at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Current at 1 August 2012
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Melinda Jone
Melinda Jone is a postgraduate student at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
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