Published on 01 Feb 00
by "TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA" JOURNAL ARTICLE
The author describes the ATO as positioning themselves to support the community on tax reform and its implications. He outlines the ATO Compliance Model based on understanding taxpayer behaviour, building community partnerships, increasing flexibility, and escalating options to enforce compliance. The key tax reform events that will take place over the next twelve to eighteen months are given in an attachment to the paper.
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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