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Media Release: New Senior Tax Counsel appointment - message from the CEO

Publication date: 27 Feb 17 | Source: THE TAX INSTITUTE

Date: Monday, 27 February 2017

The Chief Executive Officer of The Tax Institute, Mr Noel Rowland, has announced the appointment of Professor Robert (Bob) Deutsch, CTA, as the Institute’s new Senior Tax Counsel, commencing Wednesday, 1 March 2017.

The Senior Tax Counsel position is responsible for leading The Tax Institute’s tax policy and advocacy activities, which positions the Institute as a leading authority with Government, the Australian Taxation Office, Treasury and other relevant bodies, as well as the media and Institute members. The responsibilities of the role also include providing tax technical leadership and guidance to the development and delivery of the Institute’s education program.

“I take great pleasure announcing this appointment,” Mr Rowland said. “Professor Deutsch brings to the Senior Tax Counsel position an exceptionally strong tax technical knowledge and a broad expertise in stakeholder management, media and strategic thinking.”

Professor Deutsch is currently a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), and for over 20 years he was a Professor in Taxation Law with the University of New South Wales. While he specialises in taxation matters, with a special emphasis on international tax, his time with the AAT has required extensive involvement in corporate law, social security and immigration matters.

In addition, Professor Deutsch has experience as a solicitor with a major national law firm, as an independent barrister, and as a director with a major accounting firm.

He has written widely in his fields of specialisation as well as in the area of financial statements, and is an ongoing contributor to the highly successful Thomson Reuters Australian Tax Handbook. He is also a regular conference presenter for a number of organisations, including The Tax Institute and the University of New South Wales.

“I am excited to be joining The Tax Institute,” Professor Deutsch said. “It’s a great opportunity to be involved with a professional association that represents the profession and the people I have worked with for so long, in a variety of ways, and to represent them at high levels.

“I believe The Tax Institute is already making a positive difference for the tax profession and the Australian tax system, and I’m hopeful my involvement can enhance that.

“I also look forward to assisting in the continuing integration of The Tax Institute’s primary areas of activity – including tax policy and advocacy, education, continuing professional development, and information products – for the ultimate benefit of members. And I see an opportunity for the Institute to become more involved in the development of tailored education and information programs delivered to specific client organisations.”

Mr Rowland said Professor Deutsch’s broad experience in tax will help ensure he will be an invaluable asset to The Tax Institute.

“Professor Deutsch has deep expertise in both tax practice and tax education, developed over many years at the highest levels. This gives him a unique perspective that will enable him to represent The Tax Institute with authority and integrity,” Mr Rowland said.

“I extend my very warm welcome and look forward to his contribution.”

ENDS

 

For more information, please contact:

Noel Rowland, CEO, The Tax Institute: 02 8223 0011

Stephanie Conway, The Tax Institute: 02 8223 0011

 

The Tax Institute is Australia’s leading professional association and educator in tax. Its 12,000 members include tax agents, accountants and lawyers as well as tax practitioners in corporations, government and academia. The Tax Institute supports the tax profession through education and professional development and works to continually improve tax law and its administration.