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Tax Design Review Panel


Friday, 22 August 2008

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On 8 February 2008, the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, announced the appointment of a Tax Design Review Panel to examine how to reduce delays in the enactment of tax legislation and improve the quality of tax law changes.

The Tax Design Review Panel was chaired by Mr Neil Wilson of PricewaterhouseCoopers and comprised Mr Duncan Baxter of Blake Dawson and Mr John Morgan of the Victorian bar, along with representatives from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury, the Australian Taxation Office and the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

In conducting the review, the Panel examined:

  • options to reduce the delay between the announcement of proposed changes to tax laws and the introduction into Parliament of associated tax legislation;
  • how the quality of the law could be improved through enhanced community consultation, particularly in the development of tax policy changes prior to the announcement of specific changes; and
  • methods to increase community input into the prioritisation of changes to tax laws.

The Panel submitted its findings and recommendations to the Government on 30 April 2008.

The Assistant Treasurer released the report of the Tax Design Review Panel "Better Tax Design and Implementation" on 22 August 2008. At the same time he announced the Government’s response to the Panel’s recommendations.

Documents Available:

Acrobat (PDF) documents

 Acrobat (PDF)

Better Tax Design and Implementation  309.20kb
Consultation paper  118.17kb
Tax Measures Unenacted as at 17 October 2007  29.80kb

Microsoft Word (RTF) documents

 Microsoft Word (RTF)

Consultation Paper  268.37kb
Tax Measures Unenacted as at 17 October 2007  105.20kb

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Submissions to the Tax Design Review Panel are listed below and are accessible by selecting the author.

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