The ATO has a new Second Commission of Taxation with the appointment today of David Butler to fill the position left vacant with the departure of Greg Farr for Defence in November 2007.
David Butler comes from Division Head, Tax Administration and Consumption Taxes Division with the OECD in Paris, a position he has held since November 2006. At the OECD, Butler lead work on tax administration issues including compliance and risk management, relationships between tax administrations and tax intermediaries, the development of services for taxpayers and comparative analysis of tax administration bodies across the OECD and the application of consumption taxes to cross-border transactions.
Prior to the position at OECD, Butler was the Chief Executive and Commissioner of Inland Revenue for New Zealand for five years. He also has extensive experience in tax administration in Australia with senior positions in the ATO since 1993. He was the First Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office where he led the project on implementing the Ralph Review of Business Taxation.