Politics

Apr 10, 2008

Taxpayers the winner as ALP keep tax watchdog

Taxpayers were grinning from ear to ear after the Government announced it will retain the office of the Inspector‑General of Taxation as a separate independent statutory office, writes Chris Seage.

Taxpayers were grinning from ear to ear after the Assistant Treasurer Chris Bowen yesterday announced that the Government will retain the office of the Inspector‑General of Taxation (IGOT) as a separate independent statutory office. Prior to the election Labor were threatening to get rid of the tax office watchdog role but pressure from the legal and accounting professions convinced the government to keep David Voss AM in the government kennel.

Media reports today suggested the most telling statistic which convinced labor to keep the IGOT was that the ATO had implemented 62 of 65 recommendations made by Mr Voss. However in the IGOT 2007 annual report Mr Voss said the ATO had taken up 78 of 89 recommendations -- as this table shows:

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2 thoughts on “Taxpayers the winner as ALP keep tax watchdog

  1. trevor harrison

    I hope you meant to say ‘Peter Costello once tried to nobble him’, not ‘knobble’ as appears in the story.

  2. RJG

    Once can only hope David is let off the leash sooner rather than later. It is time that unaccountable and mainly incompetant swill at the ATO gets what they deserve.

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