BDO’s Mark Molesworth sought after for another term on Board of Taxation Advisory Panel

Jo-Anne Sardi |

11 December 2015

BDO in Australia today announced the reappointment of Tax partner Mark Molesworth to the Board of Taxation’s Advisory Panel until the end of 2016.

The Advisory Panel draws together some of Australia’s leading taxation professionals who voluntarily contribute their knowledge and expertise. Its purpose is to assist the Board of Taxation in the general performance of its Charter and in advising the Treasurer on improvements to the general integrity and functioning of the tax system.

BDO in Australia’s National Chairman, Ms Helen Argiris, said Mr Molesworth’s reappointment highlights the esteem with which his expertise and industry insights are held by key tax decision makers.

“Despite membership of the Advisory Panel changing from time to time and being reviewed periodically, Mark has been a member of the Panel since 2013,” Ms Argiris said.

“This long standing appointment cements his position as one of the country’s leading taxation experts and provides a valuable channel for Mark and BDO to ensure the tax reform agenda remains top of mind for Australian taxation authorities and regulators.

“Tax reform is a true passion for Mark, and this appointment is just one of many that allow him to ensure the interests of Australian taxpayers are continually kept top of mind when important taxation decisions are made at the highest levels.

“It is comforting to know that the Board will continue to benefit from having someone of Mark’s calibre on call to assist in achieving its goal of advising the Treasurer on improving the quality and effectiveness of Australia’s tax legislation.”

Mr Molesworth’s tax reform activities have seen him:

  • Chair The Tax Institute’s CGT and Losses Technical Sub-committee
  • Assist in drafting the Board of Taxation's report on the Post Implementation Review of Division 7A as a member of the formal working party
  • Consult to the ATO via The Tax Institute Private Groups Stakeholder Group
  • Consult to the ATO via its SME Safe Harbour Working Group after the ATO approached him for the role
  • Participate in the Board of Taxation’s consultations regarding the 64 announced but un-enacted measures, upon the request of the Treasurer.

Mr Molesworth is a direct taxation specialist (both here and abroad) with almost 20 years’ experience in working with taxpayers of all sizes and across a broad range of industries. His specialties include income tax law, FBT law, and the provision of support to clients subject to ATO audit or review.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), and is a fellow of The Tax Institute.

Further information about the Board and its current projects is available on its website - www.taxboard.gov.au.