In media release No 031 issued on 13 August 2012, the Inspector-General of Taxation (IGOT), Mr Ali Noroozi, announced his community consultation process to establish a new Work Program for 2012-13 and beyond.
The IGOT is required to establish a work program that lists areas he intends to review. Each review is subject to resourcing priorities and the potential for ministerial direction to review a particular matter of concern.
During the course of IGOT reviews this year, some issues have been identified as potential review topics in their own right. Additionally, the IGOT has continued to receive submissions throughout the year requesting reviews on a range of issues. Issues from both these sources include:
- the ATO’s Risk Engine;
- delayed income tax refunds;
- the ATO’s compliance approach to the micro enterprises and individuals market segment;
- the ATO’s administration of penalties;
- the ATO’s interactions with the Australian Valuation Office;
- the ATO’s use of client feedback questionnaires;
- the ATO’s administration of the general anti-avoidance provisions;
- the ATO compliance approach to transfer pricing;
- ATO services and support for tax practitioners;
- the ATO’s Test Case Litigation Program; and
- Project Wickenby.
“I urge taxpayers, tax practitioners and their representative bodies to comment on the suitability of the above as review topics as well as raising any other topics arising out of their interactions with the ATO,” Mr Noroozi said.