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Posted September 2021

The Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO), Karen Payne today released her latest report, which looks at the results of her investigations into the ATO’s administration of JobKeeper enrolment deferral decisions (JobKeeper enrolment deferral).

Posted September 2021

The Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO) Karen Payne, has released the results of her community survey into the effectiveness of the ATO’s communication of taxpayer rights to review, complain and appeal decisions and actions of the ATO – which can be found here.

Posted August 2021

We have published our Corporate Plan 2022-25 which sets out our vision, purpose, key activities and strategic priorities over the next four years.

Posted October 2020

The Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO) Annual Report for the financial year ended 30 June 2020 (FY20) was tabled in the Australian Parliament on 23 October 2020.

Posted August 2020

The Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman, Ms Karen Payne, has today released the IGTO’s Corporate Plan for FY21 – FY24.

Posted July 2020

The Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO), Ms Karen Payne, today released the report of her investigation into ATO systems and processes for dealing with deceased estates – Death and Taxes: An Investigation Into Australian Taxation Office Systems And Processes For Dealing With Deceased Estates. Ms Payne highlighted the sensitivities in this particular area of Australia’s taxation system.

Posted June 2020

The Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO), Ms Karen Payne, today announced the launch of a new investigation into effective communication of taxpayer rights to review, complain and appeal decisions made and actions taken by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Posted April 2020

The Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO) has published a Register of potential topics for review investigations as identified and suggested by various stakeholders, our taxation complaints service and other sources.

Posted April 2020

The Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO) provides a status update on its investigation into undisputed tax debts.

Posted April 2020

The IGTO provides a status update on its Investigation into the ATO’s Systems and Processes for dealing with Deceased Estates.

Posted October 2019

The Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman, Ms Karen Payne, today announced the launch of two new investigations into aspects of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) systems and procedures.

Posted October 2019

The Inspector-General of Taxation today (17 October 2019) released her 2018-19 Annual Report.

Posted August 2019

The Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO), Ms Karen Payne, has today released the IGTO’s Corporate Plan for 2019-20 to 2022-23.

Posted April 2019

The Acting Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman (IGTO), Mr Andrew McLoughlin, welcomes the Government release of the IGTO report into the Future of the Tax Profession.

Posted March 2019

Posted October 2018

Posted October 2018

The Inspector-General of Taxation today (18 October 2018) released his 2017-18 Annual Report.

Posted May 2018

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced an investigation into the allegations made during the ABC Four Corners program, aired on 9 April 2018, regarding Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) use of garnishee notices.

Posted March 2018

The Inspector-General of Taxation has made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue’s Inquiry into the Australian Taxation Office’s 2017 Annual Report.

Posted February 2018

The Inspector-General of Taxation has made a submission on the proposed Transparency of Business Tax Debts measures.

Posted January 2018

The Inspector-General of Taxation’s report into Aspects of the Pay As You Go instalments system has been publicly released.

Posted October 2017

The Inspector-General of Taxation today (26 October 2017) released his 2016-17 Annual Report.

Posted July 2017

The closing date for submissions into the IGT’s review into the ATO’s Fraud Control Management is now extended to Friday 4th August 2017.

Posted June 2017

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, has accepted the Senate Economics References Committee’s (the Committee) request to examine how the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) addresses the risk of fraud and associated issues.

Posted June 2017

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for a review that will examine the future of the tax profession.

Posted April 2017

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into the Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund verification process.

Posted March 2017

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into the administration of the Pay As You Go (PAYG) instalments system with respect to individual taxpayers and called for submissions.

Posted February 2017

The Inspector-General of Taxation has made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue’s Inquiry into Taxpayer Engagement with the Tax System.

Posted February 2017

The Inspector-General of Taxation has made a submission to the Senate Economics References Committee’s Inquiry into Superannuation Guarantee non-payment.

Posted January 2017

On 31 January 2017, the Inspector-General of Taxation publicly announced his work program for 2017.

Posted December 2016

The Inspector-General of Taxation’s report into the Taxpayers’ Charter and taxpayer protections has been publicly released.

Posted October 2016

The Inspector-General of Taxation today (31 October 2016) released his 2015-16 Annual Report.

Posted October 2016

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced the commencement of public consultation to develop his new work program for 2017.

Posted May 2016

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue has released the report of its Inquiry into the External Scrutiny of the Australian Taxation Office.

Posted April 2016

The Inspector-General of Taxation has made a supplementary submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue’s Inquiry into the External Scrutiny of the Australian Taxation Office. 

Posted March 2016

The Inspector-General of Taxation has made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue’s Inquiry into the External Scrutiny of the Australian Taxation Office. The submission is available for download from the Other publications section of this website.

Posted November 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.

Posted October 2015

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced terms of reference for his review into the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) employer obligations audits and called for stakeholder submissions.

Posted October 2015

The Inspector-General of Taxation today (23 October 2015) released his 2014-15 Annual Report.

Posted July 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).

Posted April 2015

From 1 May 2015, the Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT) will be able to consider and assist taxpayers with their complaints about the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).

Posted February 2015

The Assistant Treasurer has released the Inspector-General of Taxation’s report, The Management of Tax Disputes.

Posted January 2015

The Assistant Treasurer has released the report of the Inspector-General of Taxation’s review into the ATO’s administration of valuation matters.

Posted November 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’.

Posted November 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.

Posted October 2014

The Inspector-General of Taxation today released his 2013-14 Annual Report.

Posted July 2014

The Acting Assistant Treasurer has publicly released the report into the IGT’s Review into the Australian Taxation Office’s Administration of Penalties.

Posted June 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).

Posted June 2014

The Acting Assistant Treasurer has publicly released the report into the IGT’s Review into the ATO’s management of transfer pricing matters.

Posted May 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.

Posted April 2014

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced his new work program for improving tax administration in Australia.

Posted February 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.

Posted November 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.

Posted April 2013

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT) celebrates 10 years of service to the Australian community this year.

Posted November 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.

Posted November 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.

Posted October 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.

Posted October 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.

Posted October 2012

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced his new work program aimed at further improving tax administration in Australia.

Posted August 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.

Posted November 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.

Posted July 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.

Posted June 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.

Posted April 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.

Posted December 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.

Posted May 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.

Posted April 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.

Posted March 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.

Posted November 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.

Posted August 2009

Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT) Mr. Ali Noroozi today announced that Mr. Andrew McLoughlin had been appointed as his new Deputy.

Posted June 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).

Posted April 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.

Posted April 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.

Posted March 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.

Posted December 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.

Posted August 2008

Following the announcement today by the Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, the Inspector-General of Taxation, David Vos AM issued a statement.

Posted October 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.

Posted January 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.

Posted October 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.

Posted July 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”.

Posted February 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.

Posted October 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.

Posted August 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.

Posted August 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.

Posted March 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.

Posted November 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.

Posted November 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).

Posted August 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.

Posted April 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.

Posted March 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.

Posted January 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.

Posted December 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.