Submission regarding the Treasury’s ‘Designing a Tax System Advisory Board’ Discussion Paper

The proposal for an oversight board for the Australian Taxation Office came out of the Henry review.

We believe that a properly constituted oversight board could play a very important role in helping the ATO meet the community’s legitimate expectations for the operation and administration of the country’s tax laws.

We have made a number of comments on the models proposed in the discussion paper. In particular, we argue that the advisory board should be chaired by an independent chair. We have also highlighted some key features that we see as necessary in any model for the board.