The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has acknowledged the ATO’s effort to reassure the
public of its IT system reliability during tax time 2017.

“It is good to see the ATO proactively reassure the public that its IT systems are
withstanding the pressure of the current busy tax return season,” said IPA chief executive
officer, Andrew Conway.

“We look forward to the ATO continuing to maintain functionality of all their systems
throughout the rest of tax time 2017.

“Our members have borne the brunt of past system issues over a protracted period. They
are very relieved that the ATO has been able to maintain functionality of all their systems
during this important part of the tax season where the bulk of individuals are trying to finalise
their tax return and bring closure to the year just ended.

"The proof will be in the pudding and let’s hope for all concerned, that things are back on
track. We won't take a backwards step in holding the ATO accountable to deliver a reliable
IT system for the benefit of tax practitioners and taxpayers alike,” said Mr Conway.