One of the most important jobs that The Tax Institute performs is to engage in consultation on tax and related matters primarily with government agencies — Ministers of governments, both state and Commonwealth, their oppositions, Treasury and the ATO, just to name the usual suspects.
We engage because, while we are a body devoted to educating our members and the public on all things tax-related, that task is made easier if the legislation is simpler, efficient and fair. Moreover, it is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that our tax system is healthy and operates for the betterment of all Australians.
The Tax Institute has a distinct advantage in carrying out its social responsibilities because, with its long history of engagement with professional tax advisers, it is able to harness a deep pool of talented advisers with an intimate knowledge of how the tax system presently operates and with the flair to understand how it should work into the future.
Coming soon: Why we need The National Tax Liaison Group
Ken Schurgott is President of the National Council at The Tax Institute.
The Tax Institute is Australia's leading professional association in tax. Its 13,000 members include tax agents, accountants and lawyers as well as tax practitioners in corporations, government and academia.