ATO's National Tax Liaison Group meeting

On 19 June our President, Michael Flynn CTA, and National
Council member, Prof Graeme Cooper CTA, joined me at the ATO's National Tax
Liaison Group meeting. 

The NTLG is the ATO's peak consultative group on tax
matters.  Recognising the importance of an efficient, well-designed and
administered tax system to Australia's economic and social well-being, the NTLG
drives improvements to:
  • tax law interpretation, administration, design and policy;
  • confidence in and compliance with the tax system;
  • and  ATO service delivery. 

At this meeting, numerous matters were discussed, including:

  • Progress of Treasury's tax and superannuation measures work program, including 2014-15 Budget announcements; 
  • Recent Treasury and ATO activities in relation to Australia's 2014 Presidency of the G20;
  • The ATO's plan to ‘reinvent', including focus on the strategic intent, vision and mission statement; 
  • Project DO-IT (the current offshore voluntary disclosure initiative);
  • Tax System ‘Systemic Drivers of Change';
  • Concerns in relation to ATO's compliance action on dividend washing;ATO use of external auditors for compliance assurance;  
  • Consultation on statutory remedial powers for the Commissioner; 
  • Red-tape reduction initiatives;
  • Capacity for increased use of safe harbours to decrease compliance costs in low risk areas; Identifying opportunities to streamline the ATO's information collection activities;
  • External input into the ATO's contribution to tax policy and law design;
  • and ATO approach to test case litigation. 

The minutes from this meeting should be available on the ATO
website in the coming weeks. I would be happy to discuss any of the above with
interested members; please be in touch via

Robert Jeremenko

Robert Jeremenko CTA is Senior Tax Counsel of 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.


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