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Bill Shorten

Minister for Financial Services & Superannuation

14 September 2010 - 1 July 2013

Media Release of 21/03/2011


Tax Office Implementing Inspector-General's Recommendations

The Australian Taxation Office (Tax Office) has advanced the vast majority of recommendations made by the Inspector‑General of Taxation (Inspector-General) to improve the functioning of the Tax office.

The Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, today released the Inspector-General's report Follow up review into the Australian Taxation Office's implementation of agreed recommendations included in the six reports prepared by the Inspector-General of Taxation between June 2006 and October 2008.

The Tax Office previously agreed to implement (either in part or in whole) 41 of the 45 recommendations made in the six Inspector-General reports this review analysed. In this latest report, the Inspector-General acknowledges the Tax Office has implemented or made significant progress towards implementing 38 of the 41 agreed recommendations.

The Inspector-General notes the Tax Office's progress represents a positive outcome, commenting it has been responsive to the earlier reviews, as shown by the improvements made in its administrative practices and approaches.

This report is the second of two reviews undertaken by the Inspector-General to examine the Tax Office's implementation of the agreed recommendations from all Inspector-General reports provided to Government up until October 2008.

The report, which also contains the Tax Office's response, is available at

21 March 2011