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08 May 14 ATO Tax Practitioner Advisory Group

On Thursday 1 May 2014, Tax Counsel Thilini Wickramasuriya ATI attended an out-of-session consultation of the ATO Tax Practitioner Advisory Group. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the ATO with feedback in relation to the contents of a document which is intended to establish the ATO’s approach to addressing risk through tax practitioners and other intermediaries. The document seeks to implement a  recommendation by the Inspector General of Taxation (IGT) his review into ATO’s use of compliance risk assessment tools.  

The IGT recommended that, in consultation with tax practitioners, the ATO develop and publish a complete guide on the operation of the risk differentiation framework for tax practitioners. Issues discussed by members included:

  • whether the document was a “complete guide” as recommended by the IGT;
  • referencing to other ATO publications such as the protocol on contacting clients of tax practitioners; and
  • general updates to improve readability and utility of the document for tax practitioners. 

Once finalised, the document will be available on www.ato.gov.au

Members seeking further information in relation to the above should contact us at taxpolicy@taxinstitute.com.au

ATO Professional Practice Structures Working Group

On Wednesday 7 May 2014, Tax Counsel Thilini Wickramasuriya ATI attended a workshop of the ATO Professional Practice Structures Working Group. The purpose of the workshop was to provide feedback on a draft guidance ATO publication in relation to professional firms’ arrangements and review various ATO products in relation to professional practice structures. Members seeking further information in relation to this workshop should contact us at taxpolicy@taxinstitute.com.au.