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23 Apr 10 Preamble - Friday, 23 April 2010

With regards to the ATO Change program, the Taxation Institute's continuing strong advocacy on behalf of Members is generating Government action.

The Assistant Treasurer has announced that the Inspector-General of Taxation will investigate the ATO's Change Program (click here for the Terms of Reference for this review). As you may recall, we formally put our concerns regarding the Change Program to the Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Prime Minister in a recent letter.

The Taxation Institute has welcomed the Inspector-General of Taxation inquiry in a press release while calling on the ATO to pull out all stops to rectify the problems. The Inspector-General's office is the appropriate agency to conduct this investigation, but the ATO must act immediately to fix the situation. We took the opportunity to further the public debate on this issue with radio interviews on 2UE/3AW (Fairfax) and 2SM. The Australian Financial Review also widely reported our comments contained within the press release.

We have spoken again with the Inspector-General of Taxation about specific member concerns and in addition, we attended a meeting yesterday convened by the Inspector-General to discuss concerns raised by the professional bodies. We also had input into the draft submission guidelines for the inquiry, which the Inspector-General intends to publicly release shortly.

I fully understand Members' frustrations with the ATO Change Program and we will be keeping up the pressure and not stopping until the system is fixed. Please continue to raise concerns (via: taxpolicy@taxinstitute.com.au) so that we can present a complete analysis of the issues to the inquiry.

Kind regards
Robert Jeremenko FTIA

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