26 Jul 11 Review of the ATO’s early and alternative dispute resolution use
In a media release issued on 26 July 2011, the Inspector-General of Taxation (IGOT), Ali Noroozi, announced the release of the terms of reference for his review into the ATO's use of Early and Alternative Dispute Resolution (EDR and ADR) and called for stakeholder submissions.
"My review will look at the ATO's existing dispute resolution framework, including its skilling, cultural approaches and authorisation processes," Mr Noroozi said.
The review will also consider which matters are well suited to employing EDR or ADR and which are not. Consideration will also be given to the most appropriate EDR and ADR techniques in particular circumstances and the manner in which and by whom they should be conducted.
The closing date for submissions is 26 August 2011. "I assure people that submissions and identities will be kept strictly confidential and not disclosed to anyone, including the ATO," said Mr Noroozi.