Welcome to the Sounding Board.

This is the place to contribute ideas for tax system improvement (including care and maintenance ideas that were part of the ATO's former Tax issues Entry System (TIES).

We are looking for ideas that reduce red-tape, result in compliance savings and/or remove ambiguity and uncertainty (e.g. streamlining tax registration thresholds, re-drafting complex provisions to ensure clarity and removing unnecessary sections from tax returns).

Sounding Board is not a forum for substantive tax policy proposals (e.g. altering tax rates, changing the tax mix or removing certain types of taxes altogether) or ideas that would require significant changes to the tax system. However, inevitably some ideas of this nature are advanced by the community and accordingly we have included a category for these Policy Ideas – which remain matters for Government.

To make it easier to review the ideas that have been contributed by the community and to better manage community expectations, we will collect ideas on Sounding Board under one of five (5) campaigns. As such, like matters can be grouped together and the community can better understand what action may be taken.

Campaign Title


Sweating the small stuff: typos and slip ups

Care and maintenance suggestions that correct spelling errors, bring provisions in line with drafting conventions, repeal inoperative provisions and update references in the tax law to reflect changes to the names of State and Territory legislation and specifically listed deductible gift recipients.

What were they thinking: clarifying the policy

Ideas that require the policy intent be clarified and identifying uncertainty in the application of the law.

Too taxing: reducing red tape

Existing campaign - ideas that reduce red-tape and result in compliance savings (e.g. streamlining tax registration thresholds, re-drafting complex provisions to ensure clarity and removing unnecessary sections from tax returns)

Can government fix it: policy improvements

Would require a change to government Policy.

Tell it to the Tax Office: Administrative fixes

ATO administrative changes

We encourage you to submit ideas and offer practical solutions that you think could positively shape the Australian tax regulation landscape.

How the Board of Taxation uses Sounding Board

The Board values the contributions users make to Sounding Board. Reviewing ideas and discussion on Sounding Board is a standing item on the agenda at every Board of Taxation meeting. The Board of Taxation uses Sounding Board as an important channel from which it can hear directly from the community. Ideas posted on Sounding Board are taken into account in the reviews the Board undertakes and in formulating future projects for the Board.

The Board of Taxation has ongoing discussions with Treasury and the ATO about the ideas raised on Sounding Board to ensure that the tax laws and administration are operating as intended. The Board may post responses or comments on Sounding Board from time to time. However, the absence of a response does not mean the Board is not actively considering the idea.

How to Get Involved

To get involved, simply register as a user. You will then be able to submit, vote and comment on the ideas. To submit an idea, click the 'Submit New Idea' button at the top of the navigation sidebar. You will then be asked to add a title and describe your idea. You will also have the option to add tags to the idea. All submitted ideas are regularly reviewed by the Board of Taxation, with assistance from the Treasury and the Australian Taxation Office. Sounding Board is a standing agenda item at the Board's meetings.

To vote on existing ideas, click the up or down arrows in the votes box to the right of the idea title/description.

To add a comment, use the text box below the idea.

More Information

To learn more about the work of the Board of Taxation and the role we play in improving the tax system, visit www.taxboard.gov.au.

Please contact the Board of Taxation on taxboard@taxboard.gov.au should you require any further assistance with Sounding Board. Thank you for your contribution.