Australian School of Business to host International Tax Conference

Monday, 26 March 2012  Features

How can tax administrations reduce tax avoidance and fraud? What can the government do to reduce costs for tax administrations and tax payers? To what extent do tax administrators influence public policy?

These are just some of the issues that will be discussed at the Atax Conference, "Risky Business", next week. Keynote speakers will explore international approaches across a range of tax compliance and administration issues including reforms, risks and change.

The Atax 10th International Tax Administration Conference will focus on risk management under two main themes of compliance costs and compliance behaviour, examining how tax administrations with limited resources can manage risk and productivity.

"Australia and New Zealand are leaders in modern tax administration. The conference is a great opportunity for leaders in taxation, from both developed and developing countries, to share the latest research and forward thinking on technology platforms and strategies to improve tax administration and compliance," said Australian School of Business Professor Margaret McKerchar.

"A major cause of compliance risk is lack of transparency for both taxpayers and administrators. This needs to improve in order to instil a level of trust between tax payers and administration," she said.

The conference will bring together revenue authorities, tax administrators, academics and practitioners from around the globe to share expertise and to extend understanding of emerging trends and challenges in tax administration.

Keynote speakers include:

Mr Michael D'Ascenzo AO, Commissioner of Taxation Australia. Mr D'Ascenzo will discuss how compliance risk can be minimised by increasing transparency in tax administration.

Mr Dave Hartnett CB, Permanent Secretary for Tax, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), who led the development of the rules requiring disclosure of schemes of tax avoidance in the UK and the OECD Study of Tax Intermediaries. He will be joined by HMRC colleague Ms Melissa Tatton, Director of Large Business Service.

Professor Judith Freedman, Professor of Taxation Law at Oxford University and Adjunct Professor at the Australian School of Business, is currently a member of the Office of Tax Simplification Consultative Committee on Small Business Taxation and the Tax Avoidance Study Group in the UK.

Ms Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service.

Mr Ali Noroozi, Inspector General of Taxation, Australia.

Professor Richard Highfield, OECD and Adjunct Professor at the Australian School of Business, will be presenting his paper 'Reducing non-compliance risks with Australia's personal income tax - the case for expanded third party reporting'.

The conference is being held 2 - 3 April 2012 at the Tattersalls Club, Hyde Park, Sydney. For further details contact Christine on christine.brooks@unsw.edu.au or 02 9385 8041.

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