23 Apr 07 Update - lodgment program reviewThe ATO advises that the review of the tax agent lodgment program commenced in July 2006 and is nearing completion. Since the last update in December 2006, the review team has consulted widely with stakeholders and brought the recommendations before the full Lodgment Working Party (LWP). At the Lodgment Working Party meeting on 30 November 2006, 30 recommendations for change were considered for review. The 30 recommendations can be found within the minutes of the meeting.
In considering the recommendations the LWP considered those that would help tax agents’ practices, and refined the number down to 14. The basis of deciding the most relevant issues were based on agreed Lodgment Program guiding principles, which will be made available soon on the ATO website. The 14 recommendations provided the basis of the preliminary report. The preliminary recommendations were further tested using another round of consultations with tax agents to gauge their reactions and opinions.
For a copy of the ATO advice and links to other documents, go here