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05 Dec 14 Preamble - 5 December 2014

Earlier this week, Tax Institute President, Michael Flynn CTA, and Vice-President, Steven Healey CTA, joined me at the ATO’s quarterly National Tax Liaison Group meeting.  

At this meeting we discussed issues with the senior leadership of the ATO and Treasury, including: 

  • review of ATO advice and guidance: 
  • exploring the concept of ‘enabling’ ATO guidance, to facilitate mutual risk mitigation and allow for more useful guidance - sunset clauses, restricted reliance to classes of taxpayers and/or conditions on reliance (such as reporting / attestation requirements); 
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    • a project led by the Tax Institute to review and clean-up (initially part of) the existing suite of ATO advice and guidance; 
    • identifying ways to increase timeliness of administrative or policy-based responses – how best to raise the ‘on the horizon’ issues;   
  • the impact of possible compliance strategies on the ATO/taxpayer relationship and how the profession can foster willing participation; 
  • progress of announced tax measures; 
  • update on Tax White Paper & Federation White Paper; 
  • the latest re the OECD BEPS projects and Forum of Tax Administration; 
  • the Senate Economics References Committee’s Inquiry into tax avoidance and aggressive minimisation by corporations; 
  • post-implementation review of the ATO Consultative Model in 2015; 
  • review of effectiveness of current NTLG structure; 
  • confidentiality in consultation; and 
  • red tape reduction initiatives – safe harbours & importance of private sector efforts in reducing its own red tape. 

The minutes from this meeting will be published on the ATO website in the coming weeks. I would be pleased to discuss any of the above with interested members; please be in touch via 

Tax Policy

Kind regards 

Robert Jeremenko CTA