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New President of Taxation Institute shares 2009 Vision

Publication date: 04 Feb 09 | Source: THE TAX INSTITUTE

Australia’s premier professional tax body, the Taxation Institute of Australia, announced the appointment of its new President Joan Roberts, FTIA Special Counsel with Harwood Andrews Lawyers, Melbourne. Joan who has recently settled in Melbourne is the first woman President from Tasmania and the third woman President to be elected since 1943.
Noel Rowland, Chief Executive Officer of the Taxation Institute, said “he was confident that Joan would keep the Taxation Institute focused on its core skills in providing our members with continued development and education to meet their on-going needs in particular in the face of the current economic downturn.

“Joan brings to the Taxation Institute of Australia her vast commercial experience from her background as Tasmania’s first woman commercial law partner and expertise in income tax and superannuation. On top of her years of commercial practice Joan also brings to the Taxation Institute a strong technical background, having been awarded Master of Laws by the University of London.” he said.

Joan Roberts said, “one of her priorities in the President's role would be to maintain existing and develop new strategies to ensure the Taxation Institute remains the pre-eminent tax body in terms of the education, products and services it delivers to its 15,000 Members and the contribution it makes to the development of the tax system through our submissions and representations on industry bodies”

“This is an exciting time for the tax profession with the review of Australia’s future tax system to deal with the demographic, social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century. On the tax agenda this encompasses the Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, native title, the modernisation of the regulation of Tax Agents, the TOFA Stages 3 and 4 reforms to modernise the taxation of financial arrangements and Australia’s Future Tax System Review.
We want to continue to attract the best people and the leaders in the profession, and as the market leader, to meet the needs of our members and the profession through delivering over 300 education events held nationally.

“I am very proud to have been selected as president in 2009” Ms Roberts added. 

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About the Taxation Institute of Australia: The Taxation Institute is Australia’s largest and most diverse body of tax professionals working together to improve the tax system and the delivery of tax services through education, sharing of information and consultation.

Media Contacts:
Joan Roberts, President - Taxation Institute of Australia on 0419 308 141
Noel Rowland, CEO - Taxation Institute of Australia on (02) 8223 0000
Anna Mirzayan, General Manager – Marketing - Taxation Institute of Australia on T: (02) 8223 0061 or M: 0414 241 149 or