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The Australian tax objection procedures – time for legislative reform


This paper considers the issues raised in the Inspector-General of Taxation’s report Review into the underlying causes and the management of objections to Tax Office decisions. It explores whether legislative versus administrative reform is needed to Australia’s objection procedures and undertakes a comparison with the position in New Zealand as a potential for reform.

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Elissa Romanin
Elissa is a Partner at MinterEllison, who specialises in providing tax structuring, tax due diligence, contract drafting and general income tax advice. Many of the matters Elissa works on involves corporate income tax issues related to mergers and acquisitions, divestments and capital organisations. In addition to large corporates, Elissa’s clients include high net wealth individuals and privately owned groups in Australia and abroad. Elissa works with these clients to help structure their wealth ownership in a way that tax-effectively achieves their succession planning and asset protection objectives. - Current at 30 January 2018
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Joanne Dunne CTA
Photo of author, Joanne DUNNE Joanne is a lawyer from Melbourne. She was formerly a tax partner at law firms in both Australia and New Zealand. She has more than 25 years’ tax experience in general income tax, GST, international tax, and tax controversy. Joanne is a member of a wide range of professional organisations, including The Tax Institute’s Tax Disputes Committee, and until 2020 she represented The Tax Institute on the ATO’s Dispute Resolution Working Group. - Current at 11 November 2021
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