In a media release issued on 1 December 2009, the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Nick Sherry, announced the release of the Inspector-General of Taxation's (IGOT)'s Review into aspects of the ATO's settlement of active compliance activities.
"The review made 24 recommendations to the [ATO] each of which is designed to achieve an integrated, transparent and cost effective approach to taxpayer dispute resolution. The [ATO] has committed to a work program to make these improvements," the Assistant Treasurer said.
This work includes:
- improving the ATO's recording, analysing and public reporting of settlements;
- improving settlement decision-making by strengthening compliance with existing ATO procedures for such decision-making;
- amending templates for settlement deeds to allow settled cases to be reopened under certain circumstances to ensure fairness and consistency of treatment achieving a better outcome for the taxpayer;
- improving the taxpayer experience by providing a 'circuit break' or 'reference point' which will draw on resolution and settlement experience as well as transparency in decision-making;
- ensuring all necessary information and changes are disclosed to affected taxpayers;
- conducting probity checks to prevent inappropriate use of settlements; and
- developing and implementing a redesigned business model focusing on end-to-end processes which will improve linkages between settlements and its processes.
For a copy of the Minister's media release, No 2009/101, 1 December 2009, go here
For a copy of the IGOT's report, go here