“Businesses just give up”: Government considers simplifying ATO dispute resolution process

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

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