01 Oct 10 On electronic interaction with tax agents
MEMBER 297 writes:
"The Lodgement Working group notes that the ATO is pushing the increase in electronic interaction with tax agents including the issue of electronic notices of assessments. It further states 'members noted ... an eventual move to fully electronic interactions between tax agents and the ATO was a worthwhile goal'.
NO, IT IS NOT.
Getting tax agents to do more of the ATO's work for them is never a worthwhile goal. We do enough of the ATO's admin for them now without increasing my staff time, my IT and other systems which will require constant upgrade to match ATO, my stationery, my printing costs and so on without reimbursement from the ATO.
The ATO is being driven by reducing the $dollar cost of collecting revenue so they can brag back to Treasury and their political masters, but everyone seems to forget they are passing the cost onto tax agents.
The Tax Institute (and other accounting bodies) should ask for feedback from members in practice before agreeing to ATO wishes."