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The Tax Practitioners Board is welcoming a new chief executive, joining from the Australian Taxation Office.
Michael O'Neill has been appointed to lead the TPB, bringing more than 30 years' experience in public service.
O'Neill was most recently assistant commissioner and chief risk officer at the ATO. He is also a lawyer who has worked with the Australian Federal Police and Australian Crime Commission.
TPB chair Ian Taylor said he is delighted to welcome O'Neill to the role on behalf of the board.
"Michael brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role, including a background in private practice as a lawyer as well as nearly three decades in senior management with a strong focus on ATO legal and compliance issues," he said.
"We look forward to working with Michael to advance the interests of both tax practitioners and the consumers of tax services."
by JAMIE WILLIAMSON - TPB names new chief executive
had a wonderful career in the public sector, as a lawyer, investigator
and leader. My extensive experience includes working in state and
federal agencies, in Australia and overseas, including with
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I enjoyed private practice in an accounting then law firm in my formative professional years. As a lawyer, my experience includes driving strategic litigation, coordinating complex multi-party dispute resolution, and providing policy and law reform advice to the highest levels of government.
Successful projects I’ve been accountable for include:
- the ATO’s management of offshore tax evasion (the $2 billion Project Wickenby)
- recreating international engagement strategies in the ATO, including:
- a new compliance and assurance program
- the OECD/G20 Base Erosion Profit Shifting strategy with a focus on collaboration in the digital economy
- the ATO’s support for foreign investment/FIRB (corporate investments, agricultural assets, real property, and coordination across the states/territories).
TPB RELEASES ITS CORPORATE PLAN 2018-19
The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) has released its Corporate Plan 2018-19 [TPB RELEASES ITS CORPORATE PLAN 2018-19] . The Plan reflects the Board's objectives and functions as contained in the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA) and sets out the TPB's strategic direction for the period 2018-19 and future years.
Over the next 4 years, the Board will focus on the following strategic objectives:
1. Protect all consumers of tax practitioner services - by ensuring every entity that should be registered under the TASA is registered;
2. Maintain, protect and enhance the integrity of the registered tax practitioner profession - by assisting registered tax practitioners to understand their obligations under the TASA; and
3. Promote the TPB as an independent, efficient and effective regulator - by demonstrating the TPB is an effective, best-practice regulator of tax practitioners. TPB will also improve its technology platforms to ensure they meet the needs and expectations of the profession.
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Michael D'Ascenzo "recalls the days after he began as a graduate in the Tax Office’s tax avoidance branch in 1977 chasing the “mass-marketed paper schemes", the most notorious of which were the bottom of the harbour schemes that were “attacking the system on all fronts".In 1988, the ATO raided the Sydney premises of Citibank, seizing hundreds of documents relating to a suspected tax-avoidance scheme. One of the officers was Michael O'Neill, a 23-year-old still finishing his law degree who, a decade later, would join the taskforce formed to investigate tax scheme promoters" Tax Haven Saga in Australia
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