Feb 10, 2014

A taxpayer bill of rights? Tax watchdog vows to listen

The ATO has recently been accused of bullying and intimidating citizens. Now there's a push for a "taxpayer bill of rights" to reign in the Tax Office.

Chris Seage — Tax consultant and former ATO audit manager

Chris Seage

Tax consultant and former ATO audit manager

The leading tax watchdog in Australia has placed a taxpayer bill of rights at the top of his list for public consultation this year.

The Inspector-General of Taxation, Ali Noroozi, this morning announced the commencement of public consultation for developing his new work program for 2014 and beyond. Also included on the proposed program are whether Tax Office support for tax practitioners is adequate, including its approach to differentiated lodgement programs, the ATO’s audits of employer obligations (such as fringe benefits tax and PAYG withholding) and the taxman’s approach to debt collection.

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