Published on 18 Mar 15
by NATIONAL DIVISION, THE TAX INSTITUTE
This presentation covers:
- introduction, context and recent history
- drivers for change
- some recent changes
- the view from the profession
- what to expect in 2015.
Damien is an Assistant Commissioner in ATO Review
and Dispute Resolution, which is responsible for ATO dispute
resolution policy and practices, including running the Independent
Review service and managing ATO litigation. Increasingly, the ATO
is using alternative dispute resolution to better resolve and manage
disputes. Damien joined the ATO in 2007 from the Commonwealth
Ombudsman’s office, where he was variously responsible for
information technology, public and international affairs, public contact,
and the taxation and Defence Force Ombudsman roles. He was
responsible for the ATO’s public advice policy, and National Practice
Manager for legal services, prior to taking on his current role.
- Current at
15 September 2017
Ashley is a Partner in the Tax Controversy team at PwC. He focusses on strategic resolution of tax disputes. Ashley has over 25 years tax experience including 20 years with the ATO. Ashley was one of the youngest tax officers to have been promoted to assistant commissioner in the ATO in 2001, and was senior assistant commissioner for Large Business and International Tax division when he left the ATO to join PwC in 2007. Ashley recognises that attempting to resolve tax disputes comes with its technical complexities. By combining his extensive ATO experience and his insight into contemporary ADR processes, Ashley has been instrumental in advising many clients in negotiating complex tax dispute settlements. He has also successfully assisted many clients in defending their tax positions, including through obtaining positive ATO rulings.
- Current at
30 August 2017