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History

On 15 October 2001, the Prime Minister announced the creation of an Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT). Our office was formally set up by the Inspector-General of Taxation Act 2003. The main role of the IGT was to review and report to Government with recommendations on systems established by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to administer the tax laws, including systems for dealing or communicating with the public generally, or with particular people or organisations, in relation to the administration of the tax laws; and systems established by tax laws, but only to the extent that the systems deal with administrative matters.

From 1 May 2015, the IGT also became the Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO) to help members of the community address their complaints about the administrative actions of the ATO or the Tax Practitioners Board. More information on this role is available on the Making a Complaint page.

Former Inspectors-General of Taxation