ATO accused of being a “dictator” and “cooking” SMEs as government considers rules to enforce fair conduct

SmartCompany,, June 15, 2018

Currently, individuals do not have any legal recourse if they believe these obligations to have been breached. The Bill, introduced by Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm, would allow the Commonwealth Ombudsman to rule on and enforce the obligations, and permit courts to enforce sanctions.

In a public hearing yesterday, director of Self-Employed Australia Ken Phillips told senators that the tax commissioner “has the power of a dictator” and likened the actions of the ATO to the actions of banks and churches throughout the royal commissions – “deny, deny, deny”. READ MORE: