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The Private Binding Rulings System

Published on 15 Nov 00 by THE TAX INSTITUTE

The Commissioner of Taxation, Michael Carmody, gave details of the ATO's response to the recommendations made by Tom Sherman in his report on the Private Binding Rulings System. Specifically, the Commissioner announced that, with two exceptions, the ATO would no longer be giving so-called "advanced opinions" outside the private binding rulings system. And, significantly, from the end of March 2001, all private binding income tax rulings will be published on a public data base without disclosing the identity of the taxpayer.

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Michael Carmody
Michael was appointed Commissioner of Taxation on 23 January 1993. This appointment was renewed on 23 January 2000. Michael joined the Tax office in Melbourne in 1968 and moved to the Policy and Legislation area of Head Office in 1973. In 1983, Michael moved to the Sydney branch of the Tax office where, as First Assistant Deputy Commissioner, he was responsible for the technical areas of the office before moving to become Deputy Commissioner of the Parramatta branch in 1983. Michael returned to National Office in 1986 and, shortly thereafter, was appointed as Second Commissioner. In late 1987 Michael took overall responsibility for the Tax Office's Modernisation program. - Current at 14 November 2005
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