18 Apr 07 Ombudsman's report on ATO’s administration of garnishee actionOn 17 April 2007, Acting Commonwealth and Taxation Ombudsman, Dr Vivienne Thom, released a report on the ATO's administration of garnishee action.
The Ombudsman’s review of complaints received and the ATO’s administrative systems governing the use of garnishee action did not disclose any major concerns or systemic issues. However, the review did highlight some areas for potential improvement, particularly those relating to taxpayer awareness and understanding, and recording and providing reasons for a decision.
In responding to the Ombudsman’s report, the ATO confirmed its commitment to working with taxpayers and tax practitioners to explore how to better communicate the consequences of ignoring tax debts, including the possibility of garnishee action.
For a copy of the Ombudsman’s report, go here