Voices from history: Commissioner Chris Jordan, AO

Over the years, The Tax Institute and its members have played a pivotal role in shaping tax policy and the tax profession at large. Each month, we will be sharing some of these stories of advocacy and networks from the Institute’s history with you.

Commissioner Chris Jordan, AO

Commissioner Chris Jordan, AO
Commissioner Chris Jordan, AO
“I’ve been a member of The Tax Institute for just on 30 years … I loved going along to a number of the functions, some of the retreats, meeting up with people every year and having dinners and chats about what’s going on – not only in our professional lives but also in our personal lives – and we got to know each other really well … there were people who would turn up year in, year out to these functions.

The year as state chairman was a highlight. I really enjoyed the ability to set some directions and be a spokesperson on national council. I was very honoured to be able to represent The Tax Institute.

What’s been really pleasing is to see The Tax Institute maintain relevance. The Institute is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago – if not more so. It has been able to stay vibrant and be part of the tax debate and The Tax Institute is still the preeminent body in terms of tax.

I think my appointment is an opportunity for everyone – for the ATO and you in the profession – to stand back and think about how we can make our tax system better. How we can represent our clients in the best possible way to recognise that there will always be some issues with the ATO, and help us resolve the issues for clients, for the betterment of the tax system in the long run.”

“What’s been really pleasing is to see The Tax Institute maintain relevance ... It has been able to stay vibrant, and be part of the tax debate and ... is still the preeminent body.”

70 years supporting the tax profession
In 2013, The Tax Institute is celebrating 70 years of supporting the tax profession.

The Tax Institute is Australia’s leading professional association in tax. Its 13,000 members include tax agents, accountants and lawyers as well as tax practitioners in corporations, government and academia.


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