The Inspector-General of Taxation will call it a day after 10 years keeping an eye on the Tax collectors, when his term ends in early November.
Ali Noroozi reports he will not apply for a third term, but will “remain active in both public and commercial arenas and has already committed to teaching a subject at the University of Melbourne’s Master of Laws program”, in a statement looking back on his time in the office:
“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to serve for ten years as the Inspector-General of Taxation and to have overseen the expansion of the role to include ombudsman services with respect to tax administration.
“I am grateful for the support that I have enjoyed from all sides of Parliament, the tax profession and taxpayers. I am proud of the significant and lasting improvements to the tax system that my office has achieved for the benefit of all Australians. Internationally, we have also put the IGT well and truly on the map.
“It has been widely acknowledged that our achievements well-exceed expectations of an agency our size.
“We have been recognised as leaders in public service innovation and I am indebted to my team and thank them for their support, hard work and dedication. In the meantime, we still have much more to achieve in my remaining four months.”
Noroozi feels he has been able to “drive significant change to the administration of the Australian tax system, champion taxpayer rights and assist taxpayers including the most vulnerable in our community” by running about 30 reviews into various systemic issues in that time.
He says it is a “testament to the hard work and dedication of our team of tax specialists” that the IGT has consistently recorded approval ratings above 80% and notes it has handled more than 7000 tax complaints since taking on that role three years ago, with “the vast majority” acknowledged within two business days and finalised within 15 days.
Noroozi hopes three more systemic reviews will be completed and published before his term is up. They relate to the ATO’s fraud control management, the future of the tax profession and garnishee notices, which were at the centre of serious allegations against the Australian Taxation Office reported by Four Corners earlier this year.
Noroozi is only the second IGT, after David Vos, and his statement reports the office has grown over four times in size since he was appointed in September, 2008.