SmartCompany, October 29, 2018
The federal government is considering reforms which would make it easier for small businesses to resolve disputes with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
As part of a range of small business matters currently being considered by the government, Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert is working on a way to streamline the relationship between small business and the ATO.
It comes after tax commissioner Chris Jordan told Senate estimates last Wednesday he wanted to “draw a line in the sand” with small business over criticism of the ATO’s conduct so the conversation can be “reset”.
Scrutiny over the ATO’s dealings with smaller firms has intensified following a Four Corners investigation revealed allegations of “bullying” by the ATO earlier this year.
“We’re looking at how the ATO can resolve disputes more amicably,” Robert said in a statement provided to SmartCompany.
The Australian Financial Review also reported on Monday morning Robert had directed the ATO to behave with “grace” towards small business. READ MORE: https://www.smartcompany.com.au/finance/tax/government-considers-simplifying-ato-dispute-resolution-process/?utm_campaign=SC&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter