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Shorten flags appointment of inaugural chair of independent tax advisory board

By Oliver Milman
Thursday, 06 October 2011

Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten has flagged the appointment of an inaugural chair to a soon-to-be established independent tax advisory board, saying the tax system needs to be better at listening.


Speaking before the final session of the government’s tax forum, Shorten said the ATO is a world leader in tax administration but there’s room for improvement.
 
“The tax system needs to be better at listening, be more transparent,” Shorten said.
 
“It’s our government’s belief that a tax system advisory board can add value to the administration of the tax system and enhance the reputation of the ATO as a world-leading administration.”
 
He flagged the announcement of the inaugural chair and said the government-appointed board would come from a range of different organisations and contain expertise in tax and business.
 
The body would be independent of the ATO, Shorten said.

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