The Small Business Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has announced that taxpayers wanting an external review of an adverse tax decision by the ATO through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) can contact the office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) for assistance from 1 March 2019. 

Mrs Carnell said, "Small business owners without legal representation will be offered one hour with an experienced small business tax lawyer at a cost of just $100, as we fund the difference. The lawyer will review relevant documents and provide advice on the viability of the appeal. Should an appeal progress, our case managers will help the small business owner with the process."

After lodging the application with the AAT, the small business owner will be assigned a case manager from the AAT's new Small Business Taxation Division, and ASBFEO will offer an additional hour with a lawyer at no cost to the small business.

Small business taxation decisions will be finalised within a turnaround time of 28 days from the date of a hearing at the AAT.