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.