Thursday, October 14, 2021

14th International ATAX Tax Administration Conference UNSW School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation

 “Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.” 

~ Herman Wouk

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society. I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.”

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Professor Michael Walpole, Professor, School of Accounting Auditing and Taxation, UNSW Business School:

When - 23/11/2021 - 24/11/2021

Time - 9am - 5pm

Helena Strauss, Tyson Fawcett & Danie Schutte

Global Digital Response of Tax Administrations to a Digitalised Economy - Helena was not able to present from Vienna Wein

(Vienna: 1.20am - 1.40am)

Conference program now available

For the first time this preeminent biennial event that brings together leading tax administrators, academics and practitioners from around the globe will be a combination of face to face and virtual participation.  In keeping with these challenging times we have chosen these dates to maximise the option of you being able to join us in person but with the flexibility to join us virtually if you can't.

The theme of the 2021 conference is:  'New Frontiers in Tax Administration'. During this two-day event, conference speakers will explore key tax administration issues including:

  • cutting-edge initiatives in service delivery and compliance including digital and data use, tap and go, and artificial intelligence;
  • data policy, ethical data exploitation, cyber security and new developments in regulating data platforms;
  • globalisation of revenue administration; and
  • tax dispute resolution and new approaches to protecting the financially vulnerable including the elderly, impaired and those in remote areas.

Presenters who previously had papers accepted please note we will be in touch to advise you of the new deadline for papers in case you want to refresh yours to take account of recent extraordinary developments!

Location: Conference: Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney, 2000 & Dinner (23 November): The Tea Room, QVB, 455 George Street, Sydney, 2000

When: 9-5pm, 23 & 24 November 2021

ContactMaree Magafas, UNSW Business School

Ian Klug AM, Chair of the Australian Tax Practitioners’ Board:

Australia’s Regulatory Environment for Tax Intermediaries

Chris Jordan AO, Commissioner of Taxation, Australia:

Challenges and Opportunities for a New Decade in Tax Administration

Death, taxes and childbirth!  There is never any convenient time for any of them.” Margaret Mitchell

Karen Payne, Inspector-General of Taxation, Australia:

Insights from the Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman on SME Compliance (with 10mins Q&A)


[Understanding tax] is too difficult for a mathematician.  It takes a philosopher.” Albert Einstein

Nina Olson, Director Center for Taxpayer Rights:

Taxpayer Advocates – Role in Dispute Resolution and Systemic Change

Jeremy Hirschhorn, Second Commissioner Client Engagement ATO

“Beyond Tax Gap:  How A Better Understanding of Tax Performance Changes Tax Administration”. 

“We must collect taxes without causing unnecessary burden to citizens. Just as a flower is not hurt when the bee draws nectar from it, so also should the king not disturb the taxpayer when he collects taxes.”.

Kautilya (c. 350-275 BCE)

14th International ATAX Tax Administration Conference UNSW School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation