MICHAEL D'ASCENZO: I think people misunderstand what compliance is all about. People talk about collection being the amount of money we go out and collect from people.
The whole art of tax administration is trying to create an environment where people voluntarily comply. So the fact that you are out there providing a real deterrence is all about trying to ensure that you don't have to catch anybody out. It's all about trying to get people to pay up. What those collection figures don't disclose is the higher level of voluntary compliance by that segment.
Transcript of Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo interviewed by Alan Kohler on ABC’s Inside Business program – Sunday 2 July 2006
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