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The Tax Institute’s National Conference tackles the future of tax in Australia

Publication date: 12 Mar 12 | Source: THE TAX INSTITUTE

Key industry leaders to address key issues for tax professionals and broader business community

Canberra – 12 March, 2012: The future of Australian taxation, including key areas for reform, will be discussed and debated when Australia’s leading tax professionals converge on Canberra on Wednesday, 14 March for the 27th National Convention of The Tax Institute.

The convention takes place in the midst of a hung federal parliament and a contentious legislative agenda for the Gillard Government.  As such the convention will address the most important tax issues affecting Australia in 2012 and into the future.

Ken Schurgott, President of The Tax Institute, said now is an important time to discuss the future of tax in Australia.

“Despite global economic uncertainty and its flow-on effects for the Australian economy, it’s crucial our political leaders don’t avoid the hard work needed on the policy formulation required to improve our tax system.  

“The Tax Institute and our tax professional members are best placed to provide insights into the challenges faced across the country and the opportunities to improve tax policy outcomes for all Australians,” said Mr Schurgott.

This year’s event will feature keynote addresses from Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan, Chief Justice of the High Court Robert French, and ATO Commissioner, Michael D’Ascenzo .

Among the topics discussed will be the implications for business and tax professionals in areas such as: consolidation; trust reform; international tax rules and tax havens; superannuation and general tax advice for business.

WHAT:     2012 The Tax Institute National Convention
WHEN:     14 – 16 March, 2012
WHERE:   Canberra – National Convention Centre
WHO:       Speakers at the 2012 National Convention include:

  • Wayne Swan, Federal Treasurer of Australia (Friday, 16 March – 8:00am)
  • The Hon. Robert French, Chief Justice, High Court of Australia (Wednesday, 14 March – 2:30pm)
  • ATO Commissioner, Michael D’Ascenzo (Thursday  15 March – 9:00am

For more information contact:

  • Dylan Malloch, Sefiani Communications Group: 02 8920 0700, 0407 620 613
  • Robert Jeremenko, Senior Tax Counsel, The Tax Institute, 0468 987 300.

About The Tax Institute

The Tax Institute is the country’s leading professional association in tax. Its 13,000 members include tax agents, accountants and lawyers as well as tax practitioners in corporations, government and academia.  The Tax Institute supports the tax profession and its members by holding more than 350 tax events each year. It conducts educational courses, develops publications, maintains an online information resource and provides a comprehensive tax library and research service. It works to continually improve tax law and its administration.