The government has announced the replacement for Michale D’Ascenzo (a great small business supporter who will be missed – more on Mr D’Ascenzo in another blog).
The replacement is Chris Jordan who has headed up the Board of Taxation, also headed up the recent “Business Tax Working Group” (that didn’t) and is the first ‘outsider’ appointed to the head ATO job for – well – for ever. I and we at COSBOA are looking forward to meeting with Mr Jordan and discussing all things small business. Mr Jordan brings with him a lot of experience with big business and with the complexity of the tax system, indeed at the Tax Forum held last year in Canberra Mr Jordan made the comment “tax is complicated get over it”. Is that statement a harbinger of things to come? When something is complicated for big business then it will be well nigh impossible for small business and is very difficult to ‘get over’. The fact is that 96% of businesses in Australia is actually a person or a couple and we should be given different treatment and different processes than the 4% who have experts, resources and time.
I have an inkling that Mr Jordan will change things at the ATO, as outsiders are want to do. As a start we believe that there is plenty that is working well in the ATO. We need to keep the various communication forums in place then we need to continue the focus on making things simpler and easier for people running their own business. We hope the ATO continues to focus on small business as people and as very different from big business. We’ll get Mr Jordan along to a council meeting as soon as practicable to chew the fat over tax red tape and process, communications with the small business community and managing the cash economy.
Any suggestions for Mr Jordan can be made below