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  • Inspector-General of Taxation

    The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT)External Link is an independent statutory office that identifies systemic issues in the administration of tax law. The IGT reviews elements of the ATO's administration against principles of good tax administration – such as simplicity, transparency and efficiency. The IGT provides independent advice to government.

    The IGT strives to improve the administration of the tax laws for the benefit of all taxpayers. To ensure reviews reflect areas of key concern to the Australian community, the IGT develops a work program based on consultation with stakeholders, including taxpayers and their representatives, the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Auditor-General and the Commissioner of Taxation.

    From 1 May 2015, the tax complaint handling role was transferred from the Commonwealth Ombudsman to the IGT with the aim of enhancing the systemic review role of the IGT and providing taxpayers with specialised and focused tax complaints handling for tax matters.

    Current IGT reviews

    There are currently four IGT reviews underway. Further details are available at Link.

    • Review into the ATO's Use of Garnishee Notices
    • Review into the ATO's Fraud Control Management
    • Review into the Future of the Tax Profession
    • Review into Goods and Services Tax Refunds.

    IGT reports 2017–18

    The IGT released one report of a review relating to the ATO in 2017–18. The report is available at Link.

    • Review into Aspects of the Pay As You Go Instalments System – released 23 January 2018.

    IGT reports 2016–17

    The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT) released two reports of reviews relating to the ATO in 2016-17. The reports are available at Link.

    • Review into the Taxpayers Charter and Taxpayer Protections – released 13 December 2016
    • Review into Employer Obligations Compliance Activities – released 24 May 2017.

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    Last modified: 20 Aug 2018QC 33429