This is the first in a six-part series of articles on strategies that can be employed in a tax dispute with the ATO.
Tax disputes can be costly, time consuming, and stressful, even if the taxpayer is ultimately successful. When approached by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), we will always advise clients to engage with the ATO to either resolve or narrow the issues in dispute as quickly as possible.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) recently announced that it will be looking at whether trustees are properly lodging tax file number (TFN) reports for TFN withholding for closely held trusts.
The Coalition’s ‘miracle’ win may not have been foreseen by the polls or the pundits, however either way the votes fell, the tax and superannuation landscape was up for change.
Many homeowners are currently feeling the sting of the bearish turn the property market has taken, and the Victorian State Revenue Office (SRO) are rubbing salt in the wounds as they issue significantly increased land tax assessments.
Marriage can be a beautiful bond between two people. A promise between the two to join their lives. Their souls….
…and all of their tax debts!
On 6 February 2019, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) withdrew Interpretative Decision 2003/589 (decision) which provided that a company can forgive a debt owed by a natural person for reasons of “natural love and affection” without consequence.
New data has shown how businesses across regional Victoria have taken advantage of the Victorian Government’s regional payroll tax cuts. The number show businesses have saved more than $31 million in the first financial year it was introduced.
As payroll tax provisions come under increased scrutiny by Revenue Offices, another case has provided clarity on how they should be interpreted.
In light of the ATO’s current position that income from cryptocurrency sales will generally be taxed under capital gains tax (CGT) provisions and increased scrutiny on cryptocurrency transactions, taxpayers should ensure they keep accurate records of cryptocurrency transactions.
Did you or do you currently hold cryptocurrencies? Did you sell any cryptocurrencies before finding out that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) would vigilantly tax cryptocurrency sales? Are you left scratching your head after reading the ATO’s guidance? If so, you are one of many Australians currently finding themselves in an uncertain tax situation.
Foreign companies that may be controlled by an Australian entity should review their decision-making based on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Taxation Ruling, TR 2018/5 (TR 2018/5). It is timely for Australian groups with foreign-incorporated subsidiaries to consider whether they are appropriately managing tax residency risk by re-visiting and/or implementing tax residency protocols and ensuring that they can be applied practically.
This week the government released the Board of Taxation report on a new tax residency model for individuals with a position that further analysis and consideration on the key recommendations is required before the Government takes a position.
The recent Federal Court decision of Pintarich v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation  FCAFC 79 considered whether from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) purportedly remitting the taxpayer’s amounted to a ‘decision’ by the Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner).
As 30 June rapidly approaches, taxpayers and their advisors face not knowing whether a 30% or 27.5% tax rate applies to certain companies for the 2018 income year.
The Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) has power pursuant to section 255-15(1) of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA) to permit a taxpayer to pay off its tax debts by instalments in accordance with a payment arrangement. The recent Federal Court decision of Stojic v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 483 (Stojic), which dismissed an application by the sole director and shareholder of the taxpayer company to review a decision by the Commissioner to decline to exercise that power, provides two important lessons.
On 29 March 2018 the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Act amending the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (the Act) received Royal Assent.
A key focus of the Federal Budget was on personal income tax cuts, and measures aimed at large companies and the black economy.
On 8 February 2018, the Government released for public consultation exposure draft legislation to implement the 2017 Budget announcement to improve the integrity of the small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions.
In Commissioner of Taxation v Miley, the Federal Court overturned a decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) concerning the method for valuing shares in applying the maximum net asset value (MNAV) test in s 152-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
The recent case of FCT v Hacon illustrates the practical difficulties in obtaining a private ruling that depends on assumptions about future events - in particular, in the context of the application of the anti-avoidance provisions in Part IVA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.