Date posted: 30/08/2019 2 min read

Submission on Senate inquiry - Performance of the Inspector-General of Taxation

Submission to the Senate Economic Legislation Committee for its Inquiry into the performance of the Inspector-General of Taxation (the IGoT).

On 30 August, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) made a submission to the Senate Economic Legislation Committee on its Inquiry into the Performance of the Inspector-General of Taxation (the IGoT).

The submission addresses several issues including:

  • The background to the inquiry
  • Whether Australia can learn from similar tax ombudsman functions overseas
  • The IGoT's role in helping Australian Taxation Office (ATO) whistle-blowers
  • Whether the IGoT should have advocacy powers.

The submission highlights:

  • What CA ANZ sees as the context of the Inquiry (treatment of SMEs, debt collection)
  • Should the IGoT have advocacy powers and report to Parliament?
  • How can a more collaborative relationship between the Commonwealth Ombudsman and IGoT for tax whistle-blowers under the Public Interest Disclosure Action 2013 (PID Act) could be explored.

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