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Appointment of Ali Noroozi as Inspector-General of Taxation.

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The Assistant Treasurer, Chris Bowen MP, today announced the appointment of Mr Ali Noroozi as the Inspector-General of Taxation for a term of five years.

Mr Noroozi is currently the Tax Counsel for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

"Mr Noroozi is a highly experienced tax professional with approximately 12 years experience at major law and accounting firms both in Australia and the United Kingdom, 5 years as Tax Counsel at the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney," Mr Bowen said.

"Mr Noroozi also has extensive experience as Tax Counsel for the Institute of Charted Accountants in liaising with key taxation stakeholders, including Ministers, the Treasury, the Australian Taxation Office, the Board of Taxation.

"Mr Noroozi's experience in the private sector confirms the independence of the role of Inspector- General of Taxation and I wish him well in this important role to ensure improvements are made to taxation administration for the benefit of taxpayers."

Mr Noroozi will commence in the position on 6 November 2008. The outgoing Inspector-General of Taxation, Mr Vos AM, will continue to act in the position until 6 November 2008.