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On 30 September 2010, the Inspector-General of Taxation (IGOT) delivered his Annual Report for 2009-10 to the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten. In the overview to the report, the IGOT states:

"A positive relationship has been established with the ATO, resulting in improved communication and convergence of views on recommendations arising from my reviews. However, some tension between my office and the ATO still remains. I believe this level of tension is entirely appropriate given the importance of the independence that my office must maintain."

The IGOT is currently undertaking four reviews:

  • Review into the ATO's large business audit and risk review policies, procedures and practices - commenced 17 November 2009
  • Review into the ATO's administration of class rulings - commenced 25 March 2010
  • Review into the ATO's small and medium enterprise (SME) audit and risk review policies, procedures and practices - commenced 7 April 2010
  • Review into the ATO’s Change Program - commenced 5 May 2010

As to future reviews, the IGOT says that he will commence work on a broad review of his work program towards the end of this calendar year, engaging in wide community consultation in the process.


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