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IGT review into the Taxpayers’ Charter and taxpayer protections

02/11/2015

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into the Taxpayers’ Charter and taxpayer protections. Current international developments show a trend toward a formalised statement of taxpayer protections or rights which may be in legislative or administrative form. They are designed to strike a fair balance between […]

Review into the ATO’s employer obligations audits

29/10/2015

Terms of reference released 29 October 2015

IGT Annual Report 2014-15 tabled

23/10/2015

The Inspector-General of Taxation today (23 October 2015) released his 2014-15 Annual Report. The annual report is available for download from the Publications section of this website.

IGT releases report on ATO services for tax practitioners

20/07/2015

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today publicly released the report of his review into the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) services and support for tax practitioners. The report also focuses, more broadly, on the ATO’s relationship with the 55,000 registered tax agents and business activity statement agents (together referred to as tax practitioners). […]

IGT debt collection review – report publicly released

14/07/2015

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today released the report of his review into Debt Collection by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). “I am pleased to release my report into the ATO’s Debt Collection strategies and activities,” Mr Noroozi said. “The review was prompted by concerns with the consistent escalation of tax debt […]

IGT to handle tax complaints

23/04/2015

The IGT will now be able to assist taxpayers to address their complaints about the ATO and the TPB.

IGT review into the management of tax disputes – report publicly released

27/02/2015

The Assistant Treasurer has released the Inspector-General of Taxation’s report, The Management of Tax Disputes. The report can be downloaded from the IGT website. The Assistant Treasurer’s media release is available on the Assistant Treasurer’s website. SYDNEY 27 February 2015

IGT review of the Australian Taxation Office’s administration of valuation matters – report publicly released

19/01/2015

The Assistant Treasurer has released the report of the Inspector-General of Taxation’s review into the ATO’s administration of valuation matters. The report can be downloaded from the IGT website. The Assistant Treasurer’s media release is available on the Assistant Treasurer’s website. SYDNEY 19 January 2015

IGT Follow up review into delayed or changed Australian Taxation Office views on significant issues – report publicly released

14/11/2014

The Acting Assistant Treasurer has publicly released the report into the IGT’s Follow Up Review into Delayed or Changed Australian Taxation Office Views on Significant Issues. The report can downloaded from the IGT website. The ATO’s response is included in the report itself. The press release can be found on the Acting Assistant Treasurer’s website. […]

Follow up review into the ATO’s implementation of agreed recommendations in five reports released between August 2009 and November 2010 – report publicly released

14/11/2014

The Acting Assistant Treasurer has publicly released the report into the IGT’s ‘Follow up review into the ATO’s implementation of agreed recommendations in five reports released between August 2009 and November 2010’. The report can be found on the IGT website. The ATO’s response is included in the report itself. The press release can be found […]

IGT Annual Report 2013-14

22/10/2014

The Inspector-General of Taxation today released his 2013-14 Annual Report. The annual report is available for download from the Publications section of this website.

IGT Review into the ATO’s administration of penalties – report publicly released

08/07/2014

The Acting Assistant Treasurer has publicly released the report into the IGT’s Review into the Australian Taxation Office’s Administration of Penalties. The report can be downloaded from the IGT website. The ATO’s response is included in the report itself.  The press release can be found on the Acting Assistant Treasurer’s website.  SYDNEY8 July 2014

IGT to review large business & high wealth individual tax disputes

19/06/2014

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today commenced a review into the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) management of tax disputes involving large businesses and high wealth individuals (HWIs). On 2 June 2014, the Minister for Finance and Acting Assistant Treasurer, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, referred an Inquiry into Tax Disputes (the Inquiry) […]

IGT Review into the Australian Taxation Office’s management of transfer pricing matters – report publicly released

02/06/2014

The Acting Assistant Treasurer has publicly released the report into the IGT’s Review into the ATO’s management of transfer pricing matters. The report can be downloaded from the IGT website. The ATO’s response is included in the report itself.  The press release can be found on the Acting Assistant Treasurer’s website.  SYDNEY2 June 2014

Reviews into the ATO’s debt collection and services for tax practitioners

26/05/2014

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for two reviews into the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) approach to debt collection and services and support for tax practitioners. ATO approach to debt collection Uncollected tax continues to grow and reached $17.7 billion in 2012–13 with over 60% owed by small […]

New IGT work program

10/04/2014

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced his new work program for improving tax administration in Australia. “I am pleased to announce my new work program. The community-based consultation surfaced a wide range of issues and concerns for review,” Mr Noroozi said. The IGT received a broad range of submissions from the […]

New IGT work program – Call for submissions

09/02/2014

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced the commencement of public consultation for developing his new work program for 2014 and beyond. The IGT seeks to improve the tax system for the benefit of all Australians by reviewing the administration of tax and superannuation laws by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The […]

Review into the ATO’s administration of valuation matters

19/11/2013

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) administration of valuation matters and called for stakeholder submissions. “Australia’s tax and superannuation laws are increasingly relying on concepts such as market value,” Mr Noroozi said. “Whilst there may be sound economic reasons […]

The IGT’s 10th anniversary

30/04/2013

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT) celebrates 10 years of service to the Australian community this year. It is a landmark for the new breed of specialist scrutineering agencies. “Some scepticism was voiced about the IGT office when it was set up. I think it is fair to say that the office’s impact has far exceeded […]

Review into the ATO’s administration of penalties

22/11/2012

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) administration of penalties and called for stakeholder submissions. “Concerns with the ATO’s administration of penalties have persisted over a number of years. Given the level of concerns raised with me by individual and […]

Review into delayed income tax refunds, superannuation excess contributions tax and data matching – Terms of reference released

19/11/2012

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for three reviews relating to the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) compliance approaches to individual taxpayers. “My office has received a large number of concerns from taxpayers and tax practitioners regarding the ATO’s compliance approach to individual taxpayers particularly during consultation on my […]

Review into the ATO’s compliance risk assessment tools – Terms of reference released

30/10/2012

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into aspects of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) use of compliance risk assessment tools and called for stakeholder submissions. “The ATO’s tax risk assessment tools are an area of on-going concern to taxpayers and their advisers and it is […]

Review into the ATO’s management of transfer pricing matters – Terms of reference released

25/10/2012

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) management of transfer pricing matters and called for stakeholder submissions. Transfer pricing relates to business transactions across international borders with related parties. Revenue authorities are concerned to ensure that these transactions are appropriately […]

New IGT work program announced

10/10/2012

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced his new work program aimed at further improving tax administration in Australia. I am pleased to announce my new work program for 2012-13 and beyond. The extensive consultation process surfaced a wide range of issues and concerns that the community would like me to review,” […]

New IGT work program – Call for submissions

13/08/2012

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced his community consultation process to establish a new Work Program for 2012-13 and beyond. The role of the IGT is to improve the administration of the tax system for the benefit of all Australians. The IGT reviews systems and processes set up by the Australian […]

IGT announces terms of reference for review into the ATO’s use of benchmarking to target the cash economy

28/11/2011

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) use of benchmarks to target the cash economy and called for stakeholder submissions. “My review will look at the ATO’s use of cash economy benchmarks for small businesses. Taxpayers and tax agents are […]

Review of the ATO’s early and alternative dispute resolution use

26/07/2011

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) use of Early and Alternative Dispute Resolution (EDR and ADR) and called for stakeholder submissions. “My review will look at the ATO’s existing dispute resolution framework, including its skilling, cultural approaches and authorisation […]

IGT examines improvements to self assessment system

16/06/2011

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Ali Noroozi, today announced the terms of reference for his latest review entitled “Improving the Self Assessment System” and called for submissions. In 1986-87, the Australian income tax system moved from full assessment to self assessment, increasing taxpayers’ responsibilities and compliance burdens. Mr Ali Noroozi said, “In the current environment […]

2011-2012 IGT work program announced

04/04/2011

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced his new work program into aspects of the Australian Tax System’s administration, following an extensive community consultation process. “The consultation process surfaced a wide range of issues and concerns that the community would like me to review. I want to thank everybody for their input. […]

IGT work program consultation

07/12/2010

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced his community consultation process in establishing his new work program for 2011 and beyond. The IGT’s role is to improve the tax system’s administration for the benefit of all Australians. The IGT reviews Australian Tax Office (ATO) administered taxes including, superannuation, excise and grant schemes. […]

IGT review of the ATO’s change program

05/05/2010

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Ali Noroozi, today announced submission guidelines for his review of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) Change Program. “I have been directed by the Assistant Treasurer to review the ATO’s change program”, said Mr Noroozi. “I will be taking a staged approach to the review, focusing initially on the impact on […]

IGT announces review of SME and HWI audits

07/04/2010

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) audits of high wealth individuals (HWIs) and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with annual turnovers of between $100 million and $250 million. In the last two years, the Government has allocated an additional $559 […]

IGT announces class rulings review

25/03/2010

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Ali Noroozi, today released the Terms of Reference and Submission Guidelines for his inquiry into the ATO’s administration of class rulings. This inquiry replaces the review that was to take place into the efficiency of the ATO’s compliance and regulatory approaches to Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs). The IGT has […]

Inspector-General announces terms of reference for review into the ATO’s large business audit and risk review policies, procedures and practices

17/11/2009

The Inspector-General of Taxation, Ali Noroozi, today released the Terms of Reference and Submission Guidelines for his inquiry into the ATO’s large business audit and risk review policies, procedures and practices. Mr Noroozi said, “During consultations on my work program last year, various large business and tax practitioner groups asserted that although audits and risk […]

New Deputy Inspector-General of Taxation announced

18/08/2009

Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT) Mr. Ali Noroozi today announced that Mr. Andrew McLoughlin had been appointed as his new Deputy. “I am very pleased that Andrew is joining our team in the important position of my Deputy” Mr. Noroozi said. “Andrew is well qualified both academically and through his extensive corporate tax background to make […]

Inspector-General announces terms of reference into superannuation guarantee charge

02/06/2009

Ali Noroozi, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his inquiry into the Tax Office’s administration of the superannuation guarantee charge (SGC). The inquiry follows on from the announcement by the Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law, Senator Nick Sherry on 29 May 2009, of the Review into the […]

Inspector-General of Taxation announces terms of reference for review into delayed or changed ATO views

21/04/2009

Ali Noroozi, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Submission Guidelines for his inquiry into any delayed Tax Office advice or changes to pre-existing views or practice on significant issues. Mr Noroozi said “During consultations on my work program last year, various business and tax practitioner groups told me that Tax Office […]

Inspector-General of Taxation announces terms of reference for review into private rulings

06/04/2009

Ali Noroozi, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his inquiry into the Tax Office’s administration of private rulings. Mr Noroozi said “Taxpayers and tax practitioners have stated that they have concerns with the Tax Office’s administration of private rulings including the time it takes to issue these rulings […]

IGT announces new reviews

10/03/2009

Following extensive consultation with the community, the Inspector-General of Taxation, Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced his new program of reviews into tax administration. “This consultation process surfaced a wide range of issues and concerns that the community would like me to review. I have received over 50 submissions which collectively suggested over 160 issues,” Mr […]

Call for submissions on the IGT’s work program

05/12/2008

The newly appointed Inspector-General of Taxation, Mr Ali Noroozi, is asking for submissions and suggestions for tax administration issues he should review during 2009-10. The IGT’s role is to improve tax administration for all Australians. The IGT can review any systemic issues within the Tax Office’s administration including all taxes, superannuation, excise and grant schemes. […]

Statement by the Inspector-General of Taxation, David Vos AM

04/08/2008

Following the announcement today by the Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, the Inspector-General of Taxation, David Vos AM issued the following statement: “I am, of course, disappointed that I will not be continuing as Inspector-General for another 5 years. “But I will leave the role with a great sense of achievement and of […]

Inspector-General of Taxation announces terms of references for three new reviews

12/10/2007

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released Terms of References and Consultation Plans for his inquiries into: The Tax Office’s Administration of Public Binding Advice,  The non-lodgement of income tax returns, and The Tax Office’s settlement of active compliance activities. Mr Vos said “These reviews were foreshadowed by me some time ago in my forward […]

Inspector-General of Taxation announces terms of reference for review into objections to Tax Office decisions

18/01/2007

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his review into objections to Tax Office decisions. Mr Vos said “The recent review into the Tax Office’s management of litigation found that the Tax Office concedes or settles a significant number of disputed tax decisions after the objection process […]

Inspector-General of Taxation announces terms of reference for review into the Tax Office’s administration of GST audits

30/10/2006

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his inquiry into the Tax Office’s Administration of GST Audits. Mr Vos said “GST has been in place for over 6 years. Net GST collections are now about $37 billion per annum. Taxpayers continue to raise concerns regarding the nature […]

Inspector-General appears before JCPAA

28/07/2006

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation today appeared in Sydney before the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) in respect of its “Inquiry Reviewing a Range of Taxation Issues within Australia”. The Inspector-General’s opening statement to the committee and his submission (dated 31 March 2006) are attached. SYDNEY 28 July 2006 Contact: David R […]

Inspector-General broadens work program for 2006

28/02/2006

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), today released an update of his program of potential reviews for 2006. The update takes account of recent IGT consultations with community stakeholders and recent public debate on tax administration matters. The Inspector-General has decided to expand the scope of previously announced review topics into a broad focus on […]

Inspector-general to examine ATO handling of major, complex issues

31/10/2005

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his review into the Tax Office’s ability to identify and deal with major, complex issues within a reasonable timeframe. The Tax Office’s administration of major, complex issues has been raised by taxpayers and their representatives as a key concern throughout […]

Inspector-General to examine revenue bias in private binding rulings

25/08/2005

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his review into the Tax Office’s potential revenue bias in private binding rulings involving large complex matters. The Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer has asked the Inspector-General to examine whether there is a pro-revenue bias in private binding rulings […]

Proposed work program for the 2005-06 year

11/08/2005

On 5 August 2005, the Inspector-General consulted representatives from selected industry, business, accounting, legal practitioner and tax organisations about the prioritisation of his work program for the 2005/06 year. Key issues of concern that have been raised with the Inspector-General over the past year were discussed with participants. On the basis of strong feedback, the […]

Inspector-General to examine ATO litigation practices

10/03/2005

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his review into aspects of the Tax Office’s management of tax litigation. The Tax Office’s administration of tax litigation has been raised by taxpayers and their representatives as a key concern throughout the Inspector-General’s scoping study and subsequent consultations. The […]

Inspector-General to examine ATO audit practices

23/11/2004

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his review into aspects of the ATO’s active compliance activities. Mr Vos said, “Last year, the Tax Office raised about $6.4 billon through its active compliance activities, such as amending tax returns as a result of tax audits. Just under […]

Inspector-General’s report on interest remission released

18/11/2004

The Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Mal Brough, released today the report of the Inspector-General of Taxation on the Review of the Remission of the General Interest Charge (GIC) for Groups of Taxpayers in Dispute with the Tax Office (ATO). The review examined the range of processes associated with the Tax Office’s […]

Proposed work program for the 6 months to December 2004

19/08/2004

On 27 July 2004, the Inspector-General consulted representatives from selected industry, business, accounting, legal practitioner and tax organisations about the prioritisation of his work program for the next 6 months. Key issues discussed during this consultation were tax audits and penalties, compliance costs, tax agent support and litigation management. However, the most significant theme emerging […]

Inspector-General to examine ATO small business debt collection practices

21/04/2004

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his review into the ATO’s small business debt collection practices. Mr Vos said, “Last financial year, the total overdue collectable debt managed by the ATO increased by 25% to $6.9 billion. About 60% of that debt comes from a number […]

Inspector-General to examine $22 billion of GST refunds

31/03/2004

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his review into the ATO administration of GST refunds arising from the lodgment of Business Activity Statements. Mr Vos said, “Last financial year, 14.5 million Business Activity Statements were lodged with the ATO. Of these, 12.7 million were debit BASs […]

Inspector-General of Taxation announces terms of reference for review of remission of general interest charge

07/01/2004

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released the Terms of Reference and Consultation Plan for his inquiry into the administration of remission of the General Interest Charge (“GIC”) for groups of taxpayers in dispute with the ATO. The review incorporates a request by the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, Senator the Hon Helen Coonan. […]

Inspector-General of Taxation reports back

07/12/2003

David Vos, Inspector-General of Taxation, today released a series of Issues Papers on systemic problems with the tax system. The papers are the result of extensive community consultation which has taken place since his appointment in August 2003. “Some sixty potential reviews have been identified by the consultative process. Businesses, accountants and lawyers are wasting […]