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When the tax man comes knocking presentation


This presentation examines the tools and tactics the ATO may use to recover unpaid tax liabilities. Ross Burns, the ATO’s Director of Complex and Strategic Recovery, discusses some case studies based on real-life encounters. The cases, involving large corporate entities and well-heeled individuals will highlight the tactics that the ATO might employ to recover tax debts that would not be recovered by a “bull in a china shop” approach. Along the way, he also highlights some of the more exotic recovery tools which are available to the Commissioner of Taxation and the sometimes novel ways in which they are employed.

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Ross Burns
Ross is the ATO's Director of Complex and Strategic Recovery. Ross has responsibility for some of the ATO's more complex or high profile debt collection cases. Ross is also the author of several chapters of the ATO Receivables Policy including those on payment arrangements, director penalties and garnishees, and has played a key role in the development of a number of legislative changes including the director penalty provisions. - Current at 15 August 2013


This was presented at Vic 1st Annual Tax Forum .

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