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Published on 15 Mar 07
by NATIONAL EVENTS, TAXATION INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
Given the vital role played by the tax profession in influencing levels of voluntary compliance and in facilitating efficient transactions with the Tax Office, it is essential that the tax profession is capable and well regulated. This can best be achieved through an effective commitment between the Tax Office, tax professionals and the Tax Agents’ Boards. I see it as a true tripartite arrangement, where each party complements the others.
Michael D’Ascenzo took up his role as Commissioner of Taxation on 1 January 2006. Michael joined the Tax Office in 1977 and worked in various areas, such as tax avoidance schemes, heading up the recoupment tax area and in 1986 was put in charge of international operations, becoming
involved in the world’s first advanced pricing agreement. Michael also led the improvements to the self-assessment
system introduced in 1992 and the from 1994 worked as Deputy Chief Tax Counsel and the Chief Tax Counsel. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Michael held
the position of Second Commissioner (Law) and Chief Tax Counsel having an ongoing focus on the interpretation of tax law and the implementation of new tax laws, as well as
corporate planning, finance and governance. Current at 26 November 2007
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