08 Jul 11 A forum with the Commissioner?
MEMBER 114 writes:
"Thank you to TAXVINE and the fellow members who contribute to it for letting me know I am not alone in the thankless world of tax agents/practitioners. Not a week goes by without my blood pressure going north as a result of dealing with the ATO. I can go on forever with similar stories to those of my fellow members. Perhaps it is time The Tax Institute proposed to the Commissioner a forum style gathering where tax agents can voice their frustrations directly to the Commissioner."
The Tax Institute's Senior Tax Counsel, Robert Jeremenko, responds:
The ATO has over 50 consultative forums and The Tax Institute is a member and regular attendee of many of them. The Commissioner himself attends the National Tax Liaison Group (NTLG) and is privy to updates from all of the other forums. The Tax Institute has always raised the concerns of our members with the ATO via these consultative forums. We continue to encourage members to provide us with specific examples of any problems they experience, so that we can appropriately raise them. Please contact us at email@example.com.