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24th Australasian Tax Teachers Association Conference

03 Feb 2012

ATTA Conference

International experts at the forefront of tax education and research have met to discuss the implications and challenges of tax change at the University of Sydney last week for the 24th annual Australasian Tax Teachers Association Conference.

Hosted by the University of Sydney Business School and the Sydney Law School, the conference brought together key tax luminaries to discuss policy, administration and legislation under the theme of "Tax Change: Convergence or Divergence". The Business School hosted a tax teaching afternoon which included addresses on the enhancement of teaching approaches and the teaching of tax specific skills, setting a collaborative and interactive tone which remained throughout the conference.

The conference heard contributions from distinguished experts, including plenary addresses from Professor Bertil Wiman, Professor of Fiscal Law at Uppsala University Sweden, Associate Professor Stephen Phua from the National University of Singapore, Professor Diane Ring from the Boston College Law School, Richard Vann and Jennie Granger, Second Commissioner of the Australian Taxation Office. Over 70 papers were presented and numerous panel discussions were held, allowing practitioners and academics to share knowledge from their area of expertise and discuss cutting edge research.

Representative of the organising committee and Lecturer at the University Of Sydney Business School Discipline of Business Law, Brett Bondfield, said that the relevance and success of the conference was reflected by the increasing sponsorship and media interest. He said: "Just listing milestones such as the number of papers presented can be an arid endeavour. A wealth of tax research was received and discussed in a spirit of Trans Tasman academic collegiality. Tax scholarship and teaching is vital and was vitalised through the 24th ATTA Conference."

More than 110 academics attended the three day conference, including leading experts from Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and the US.

The conference papers from the 2012 ATTA Conference will be available on the National Library's Pandora web archive later this year. For more information please visit the ATTA site.