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On 15 October 2001, the Prime Minister announced the creation of an Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT). The office of the IGT was formally set up by the Inspector-General of Taxation Act 2003.

On 4 August 2003, Mr David R Vos AM was appointed as the inaugural IGT.

On 18 September 2008, the current IGT, Mr Ali Noroozi, was appointed for a term of five years commencing on 6 November 2008. He was re‑appointed for a further five years from 6 November 2013.

When it was set up, the main role of the IGT was to review and report to Government with recommendations on:

From 1 May 2015, the IGT is also able to help members of the community to address complaints they have about the actions of the ATO or the Tax Practitioners Board. More information on this role is available on the Making a Complaint page.