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Working together in challenging times paper

Published on 13 Aug 09

Second Commissioner Bruce Quigley discusses how the Tax Office is enhancing its relationship with tax professionals to respond to today's challenges. He touches on the Commissioner's general powers of tax administration, how the Tax Office is helping taxpayers meet their responsibilities during these uncertain economic times and the continuing need to promote fairness in the tax system through the Tax Office's compliance program. The paper looks at:

  • general powers of administration
  • Commissioner’s position on tax collection and enforcement in the current climate
  • key challenges.

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Author Photo - Bruce Quigley CTA
Bruce Quigley CTA
Bruce Quigley CTA has been Senior Advisor with The Tax Institute since April 2015. He assists in the preparation of submissions to the government, Treasury, Board of Tax, Tax Practitioners Board and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in relation to various tax and superannuation issues. Bruce has over 40 years’ experience in tax administration, culminating in seven years serving as Second Commissioner of Taxation, the second most senior position in the ATO. He has extensive experience in providing senior leadership and strategic direction in the fields of taxation compliance, interpretation, policy and law design. Bruce led the ATO team that worked with Treasury and the Office of Parliamentary Counsel in the development of Australia’s Goods and Services Tax legislation and had a leading role in its implementation, particularly in the drafting of Rulings and other interpretative advice. Bruce is highly regarded nationally and internationally for his tax technical ability, including his whole of code understanding of tax systems. Since retiring from the ATO in December 2013, Bruce has undertaken a number of policy, diagnostic and technical assistance missions in a number of countries as a Revenue Advisor for the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund. Bruce has degrees in accounting and law and has been admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Current at 11 February 2016 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Bruce QUIGLEY.

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