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Combatting the black economy

When: Wednesday 16th October 2019

What Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm AEDT

Where: Online - join via your computer!

Cost: Complimentary

About the Webinar

Tax practitioners play an important role in combatting the black economy by helping their clients get their tax and reporting obligations correct. They also have an obligation to get their own tax affairs right.

This joint TPB-ATO webinar will share the programs of work for practitioners to address the behaviour of higher or at-risk agents, and actions taken in dealing with these practitioners.

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Your Presenters

Greg Lewis

Greg is a chartered accountant, chartered tax adviser and registered tax agent. He began his career as a graduate at KPMG, then moved to Ernst & Young, where he was promoted to the position of principal in the tax division.

After returning to KPMG as a partner, Greg went on to become a consultant in taxation at the law firm Minter Ellison. He has been a company director and chairman of various organisations, both public and private. Until recently, he was Managing Director of specialist industrial fittings manufacturer Bayside Benders Pty Ltd, supplying the civil, electrical and telecommunications industries. He is a consultant to private companies on a wide range of technical and strategic matters.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters in Taxation.

Greg was appointed to the Board in December 2015, reappointed in February 2019, and was Acting Chair of the Board for periods in 2017 and 2019.

Peter Holt

Peter has overall responsibility for the governance and oversight of the Black Economy measures in the ATO. Peter is also chair of the Black Economy Standing Taskforce that aims to provide a whole of government response to the Black Economy.

Peter also has responsibility for the Small Business Income Tax gap program that recently published an estimate of the difference between the amounts the ATO collects and what would have been collected if every small business taxpayer was fully compliant.

Peter has worked in a variety of roles over his 33 years’ experience in the public service including policy development, law design, risk, governance, audit and assurance across GST, Superannuation and Income Tax.

Peter commenced with the Australian Taxation Office in 1999 with the implementation of the GST and prior to joining the ATO, Peter held compliance and policy positions with the Customs Department in both Canberra and Melbourne.


Adam Kendrick

Adam Kendrick is an Assistant Commissioner for Intermediary Engagement and Assurance at the Australian Taxation Office. He has almost 30 years’ experience in tax administration across a range of areas. He is dedicated to creating a better experience for clients and safeguarding the integrity of the tax system.

 Adam is currently responsible for the ATO’s Tax Agent Assurance Strategy which aims to increase transparency around the risks and behaviours they see, and how they can work with tax agents to address them. It's his belief that effective, high integrity tax and superannuation systems are dependent on strong working relationships between the tax authority and the tax profession, based on mutual trust and respect.

 Adam is well regarded for his expertise in risk management and measuring the effectiveness of compliance strategies, and applying these skills to promote a level playing field for tax agents and support willing participation in the tax system. He played a leading role in the ATO’s Tax Gap program for Individuals not in business and shared insights from this work with other tax jurisdictions in his role with the International Monetary Fund.