Last week, the Australian Government released its formal response to the 2018 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue report, Taxpayer Engagement with the Tax System. The response is accessible here.

In the report, the Committee examined the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO’s) points of engagement with taxpayers and reviewed its performance against advances made by revenue agencies in comparable nations. The report highlighted particularly the changes in the tax system in the digital age, and how digitisation of tax lodgement processes, of financial interactions and information, as well as budget pressures had made it into a different business for governments and taxpayers within the last two decades. 13 recommendations were made by the Committee to make tax obligations easier for taxpayers to understand and simpler to comply with.

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