Industry hits back at ATO's 'consultation' claims

EMAIL FAIL: Industry groups claim they never received consultation emails from the ATO
EMAIL FAIL: Industry groups claim they never received consultation emails from the ATO

THE TRUCKING industry has cried foul against the ATO's claims that it attempted to consult on changes to travel expense limits.    

With many groups suggesting no contact was ever made.   

In a response to Big Rigs on July 20 the ATO said that as part of the consultation process, emails were sent directly to more than 60 industry groups, requesting feedback on a consultation paper published online.     

"Almost half of these emails were sent to federal and state based organisations and associations within the transport industry," the statement read.   

"This included the Australian Road Transport Industry, Australian Trucking Association, Owner Drivers Australia, National Road Transport Association, Queensland Trucking Association, Road Freight NSW, South Australian Road Transport Association and the Tasmanian Transport Association."  

The nation's industry groups have widely refuted these claims, many of whom claim they never received an email in the first place.   

In a statement released Monday the QTA and ARTIO Qld clarified to members that they have "no record of the ATO ever having emailed the QTA as part of its consultation and we maintain that the decision taken by the office to reduce the expense was a complete surprise".  

Similar statements have been released by the South Australian Road Transport Association, Natroad and ARTIO.    The Western Australian Road Transport Association and Road Freight NSW also noted they had not been contacted. 


     All industry groups including the TWU have made contact with the ATO in the hopes of meeting with senior representatives in the coming weeks.   

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