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A report to the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

28 April 2006


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Australian Government - Inspector-General of Taxation crest

Level 19, 50 Bridge Street
Sydney NSW 2000
GPO Box 551
Sydney NSW 2001

18 May, 2006

The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Minister

I am pleased to present to you my report on findings and recommendations in respect of the Review of Tax Office Management of Part IVC Litigation. The report has been prepared under section 10 of the Inspector-General of Taxation Act 2003 (the Act). The report also includes my evaluation of the test case litigation program in response to a request made by your predecessor. The review was conducted pursuant to section 8 of the Act.

I have provided the Commissioner of Taxation with the opportunity to respond to the report's findings and recommendations. The Commissioner's full response, including his covering letter, is in a set of appendices to the report. In finalising the report, I have fully considered the Commissioner's response.

The Tax Office agrees with most of my recommendations. There are, however, some recommendations where the Tax Office has indicated a less than full endorsement of implementation.

Part of the Tax Office's response in the late stages of the review was to seek and to share with me important advice from the Solicitor-General and Australian Government Solicitor's Chief General Counsel on what constitutes good administrative practice when the Tax Office decides to challenge a finalised court decision. In my view, this advice is in itself a significant contribution by the review process to improved tax administration in the future. With the agreement of the Commissioner, a copy of the advice is included in the report.

I offer my thanks to the support and contribution of many government bodies, professional bodies, business groups and individuals to this review. The willingness of many to provide their time in preparing submissions and discussing issues with myself and my staff is greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely

SIGNED

David R Vos AM
Inspector-General of Taxation


Review team:

Helen Warner and Tasos Mihail


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