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Healthy eco-systems: The ATO and the practitioner – developing a working model presentation


During the last decade the ATO hierarchy has promoted a policy of moving the relationship with the profession from the traditional adversarial model to a co-operative partnership model. A number of other countries are watching this Australian initiative with interest as they embark on or consider a similar course. However whilst there may be much to commend a co-operative relationship the model is not without its difficulties. Issues as to the integrity and transparency of tax administration, conflicts of interest and even the authority and capacity to implement the model arise.

In the last two years Justin Dabner has been engaged in a project examining the issues surrounding the ATO's attempt to implement the partnership model. Interviews have been conducted with both Australian and New Zealand practitioners and representatives of the ATO and IRD (NZ). This presentation reports on the issues that have been encountered by both tax practitioners and tax administrators and the likely future direction.

Author profile:

Justin graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1984 with honours in Law and Commerce. In 1990 he took up a position as the National Tax Director for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Melbourne and later Ernst and Young in Sydney. A holiday in Cairns turned into a life changing event when the opportunity arose to move to assist in establishing a Law school at the Cairns campus. Justin’s primary tax law interests are in international comparative work having previously been seconded to the Tax Policy Institute at Kansai University in Osaka and just having returned from projects in Dubai and New Zealand. During the last few years he has also been working on a collaborative project examining emerging issues in the relationship between tax administrators and tax practitioners.
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This was presented at 2008 North Queensland Convention .

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