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Notice given 3 November 2010

180  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) How many coercive orders has the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) issued in the past 3 years, broken down by year and head of power under which the order was issued.

(2) How many Departure Prohibition Orders (DPOs) has the ATO currently issued and are in force.

(3) How many DPOs were issued by the ATO in the calendar years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

(4) (a) How many judicial challenges have there been to DPOs; and (b) how many were successful.

(5) If a court declares a DPO is invalid, can the ATO immediately issue a new DPO; if so, has this ever happened.

181  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) How many complaints have there been about the Australian Taxation Office portal (the ATO portal).

(2) What level of complaints have been received from each state and territory over each of the past 3 years in regards to the ATO portal.

(3) Are statistics maintained on the average length of time people are on the ATO portal, i.e. how long it takes people to perform a task; if so, what are those statistics for each of the past 3 years, broken down by state and territory.

(4) (a) What is the average length of time tax professionals have to wait before speaking to someone on your telephone support line; and (b) how has this figure changed over the past 3 years.

(5) (a) What percentage of callers hang up before they have finished their enquiry; and (b) how has this figure changed over the past 3 years.

182  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—Regarding the Western Australian Small Business Liaison Group (the Group) to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) which has been in continuous operation since 1991, with regular quarterly meetings to discuss matters impacting the small business sector of Western Australia:

 

 (1) Is the Treasurer, or his office, aware that the Group was unilaterally wound up by the ATO on 1 June 2010.

(2) Was the Minister, or his office, aware that the Group was wound up without the agreement of participants, who had no knowledge of the decision until the minutes of the meeting were circulated on 6 July 2010.

(3) Is the Minister, or his office, aware that the minutes of the final meeting of the Group are disputed by a number of participants, particularly on the issue of whether the winding up of the Group was agreed to.

(4) Did the ATO act at the direction of the Treasurer, or his office, in winding up the Group.

(5) Does the Treasurer believe that this Group should continue to exist to facilitate communication between small business organisations and the ATO.

(6) Will the Minister instruct the ATO to reconstitute the Group as a matter of urgency; if not, why not.

183  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) Is the department or the Australian Taxation Office currently undertaking any review of trusts; if so, what is the nature and timing of the review.

(2) Is the Minister planning any changes to trust taxation law in the current term of government.

184  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—Has the department assessed the impact of the recent draft private equity determinations of the Commissioner of Taxation on foreign investment in Australia; if so, what is the expected impact of the draft private equity determinations on the level of foreign investment in Australia; if not, when will such an investigation be undertaken.