The State of Tax Audits in Australia - Data Democratisation [Part 3/3]

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Data democratization and the ATO, exploring data gaps, government subsidy reporting, and the Taxpayers' Charter relating to FY21

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This is the last session in The State of Tax Audits in Australia, delving into the changing landscape of tax and compliance, and tying together the overall picture of an increasingly progressive and open-sourced ATO.

We will explore how this shift impacts on rights and obligations for taxpayers in FY21, including reporting JobKeeper, JobMaker, and COVID-19 relief payments, and what effects "data democratisation" may have on the accounting industry and other stakeholders, such as third party providers.

Our special guests include Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman, Karen Payne, the CEO and founder of Business Automation Works' ATOmate, Stan Corner, and Head of Strategy and Business Development at AssetAccountant, Mike Roberts.

In this event, our panel will discuss:

  • The issues around procedural fairness and taxpayer rights under the taxpayers charter that may arise where ATO data is not available to taxpayers and their representatives
  • The risks for accountants and tax practitioners where pre-fill data doesn't match taxpayer records and instructions
  • How (and on what terms) the ATO works with third-party providers like ATOmate and AssetAccountant
  • How and when the ATO shares its data with accountants and third parties to improve compliance, reporting, and debt collection (with an update on the ATO Data-Window Project)
  • Data the ATO has around JobKeeper, JobMaker, and other Government subsidies, grants, incentives, and exemptions, and what this means for FY21 reporting

If you missed our first two sessions, you can access the wrap-ups and recordings here.

  • Part 1 discussed the auditing activity resulting from a data-driven ATO
  • Part 2 uncovered the cyber risks for accountants in an online environment

About our speakers:

Karen Payne, Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman

Ms Karen Payne was appointed Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman commencing on 6 May 2019.

She leads the Taxation Ombudsman complaints management service for taxpayers and advisers and the Inspector-General of Taxation's review and public reporting function, both of which are directed at improving the tax administration system for all taxpayers.

Ms Payne was previously a Member of the Board of Taxation as well as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Taxation. She was formerly a partner with MinterEllison, specialising in corporate and international tax for mergers and acquisitions, and capital raising for the financial services, mining, energy, and utilities sectors. Her career includes a broad range of experience (legal, accounting, audit, education and tax return preparation) across a diverse range of taxpayers (including individuals, trusts, companies and partnerships).

Stan Corner, founder and CEO at Business Automation Works

Business Automation Works (BAW), is the team behind ATOmate and other automation solutions for accountants, property managers, and the manufacturing industry. ATOmate is designed to automate the processing, reviewing, and distribution of ATO correspondence. ATOmate integrates with a range of market-leading practice and document management platforms, helping accountants reduce their ATO document processing time by 90%.

Mike Roberts, Head of Strategy and Business Development, AssetAccountant™

Mike has spent over 20 years in the tax and accounting software industry including 15 years of big 4 experience with Deloitte and EY. He spent five years at Thomson Reuters as the Managing Director of the EMEA Corporate Market with responsibility for products covering tax areas such as transfer pricing, indirect tax compliance and determination, accounts production and corporate tax reporting. Originally from the UK, Mike has spent time working in London, San Francisco and Melbourne.

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