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As the ATO moves to open further its consultative processes by posting on its site agenda and draft minutes of consultative forums in a more timely fashion, the ATO is reviewing the viability of some of its consultative processes. The Taxation Institute’s Vice President, and chair of the Taxation Institute’s National Technical committee, Peter Moltoni (Howarth (WA)) and I participated in a preliminary teleconference on Monday 8 May 2006 to set the ground rules for such a review. A focus of our discussion was on how to reinvigorate the regional Tax Practitioner Forums.

In a similar vein, in this column I will seek to alert members of up coming consultative forum. The meetings scheduled next week include:

- NTLG Promoter Penalty Co-design Subcommittee: This initial meeting of the sub-committee on Monday 15 May 2006 in Canberra is to consult on the ATO’s implementation plans in respect of the promoter penalty rules. The Taxation Institute will be represented by Mark Robertson (Sir Harry Gibbs Chambers) and Michael Binetter (Kevin Munro & Associates).

- NTLG FBT Subcommittee is meeting in Melbourne on Thursday 18 May 2006. The Taxation Institute will be represented by Elsa Payne (PWC).

- ATO Tax Practitioner Forum meets in Canberra on Friday 19 May 2006. The Taxation Institute will be represented by myself.

If members have issues of concern in any area of tax administration please let me know at

Finally, the external members of the National Tax Liaison Group (NTLG) met via telephone on Monday 8 May 2006 to put forward agenda items for the June meeting of the NTLG. Once an issue list is finalised I will alert members to the issues identified.

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