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The Taxpayers' Charter: A case study in tax administration

CollectionsANU Centre for Tax System Integrity (CTSI)
Title: The Taxpayers' Charter: A case study in tax administration
Author(s): James, Simon
Murphy, Kristina
Reinhart, Monika
Australian National University. Centre for Tax System Integrity
Australian Taxation Office
Publisher: Centre for Tax System Integrity (CTSI), Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
Australian Taxation Office
Series/Report no.: Working paper (Centre for Tax System Integrity) ; no. 62
The Australian Taxpayers’ Charter was introduced in 1997 and a revised version in November 2003. This is therefore an appropriate time to review the contribution of this initiative. This paper traces the development of such modern charters and then specifically the development of tax charters. The Australian Taxpayers’ Charter and the Australian Tax Office’s (Tax Office) experience with it are then examined. Among other possible advantages, the Charter may be used as a measure of the Tax Office’s performance. Taxpayers’ views regarding the extent to which the Tax Office meets its obligations under the Taxpayers’ Charter as expressed in two surveys of Australian voters (N = 2040 and 2374) are presented. Generally the taxpayers are supportive. The results of the survey also support the Tax Office view that the Charter fits in with compliance policy. Finally, the Charter demonstrates how initiatives in tax administration might be successfully achieved.
ISBN: 0 642 76862 5
ISSN: 1444-8211


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