ATO access to your and your client's documents
Published on 01 Nov 2007
| Took place at Kooyong Tennis Club, Hawthorn
Usually tax battles end up turning on questions of evidence. This makes evidence gathering a vitally important issue for both sides. Despite its very broad access powers, the ATO's approach in dealing with accountants has been deliberately tempered to give them and their clients some concessions over confidential documents and working papers. Some accountants have equated these concessions to the same protection as lawyer's privilege. But is this "protection" illusory? What can the ATO do, but more importantly, not do? Similarly, what should accountants do, and not do, in terms of protecting their client's privileged documents and their own workpapers and advice?
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