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26 Jun 066 Taxation Ombudsman releases annual activities report

On 22 June 2006, the Commonwealth and Taxation Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan, released his annual Taxation Ombudsman Activities Report, providing a snapshot of the taxation complaints and issues dealt with during 2005.

The main focus of the report is the practical assistance the office provides to taxpayers to find sensible solutions to their tax problems. Another theme that runs through the report is the complexity of the tax system and the impact that this has on taxpayers and practitioners, as well as on the ATO.

The report highlights particular problems areas, such as:

- difficulties encountered by taxpayers with superannuation and the ATO’s accounting system;
- issues around ATO record keeping; and
- problems that can arise from automated mass processing.

For a copy of the report, go here

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