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Political Deepfakes – Part 1

Political Deepfakes – Part 1

Although digital manipulation of images and video has been around for some time, the combination of software that improves the realism of the fake and the speed at which fakes can be generated and disseminated to targeted audiences has made headlines in the political sphere over the last year or so.  The manipulation of video images using artificial intelligence has been called ‘deepfake’, a portmanteau of ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake’.

Local Government Sustainable Procurement

Local Government Sustainable Procurement

Under the Local Government Act 1989, Victorian local Councils must use their resources efficiently and effectively and provide services in accordance with best-value principles to meet the needs of the local community, and improve the quality of life in the local community.

Best practice procurement - getting specifications right

Best practice procurement - getting specifications right

At any stage of the procurement lifecycle – from tender writing to final negotiations – accurately and completely describing what you are buying is critical…and rarely straightforward.  Here are some of our thoughts on getting this right.

Best practice procurement: Managing probity risks

Best practice procurement: Managing probity risks

A “lack of probity” is often raised in a procurement context as part of a complaint that there is an element of perceived unfairness.  It is an easy allegation to make, and one that is often made easier when organisations do not take the time to understand probity and embed it into their procurement practices. 

2019 State Budget: Economic entitlement provisions expanded

2019 State Budget: Economic entitlement provisions expanded

Landholder duty is a state tax that was introduced to impose duty on acquisitions in landholding entities. 

The ‘economic entitlement’ provisions of the landholder regime are an integrity measure unique to Victoria. Previously, they applied duty to transactions which provide the acquirer with an economic entitlement that amounts to an interest of 50% or more in a private landholder. This specifically impacts arrangements where developers or builders agree with a landholder to receive 50% or more of the profits or income of a landholder’s land without actually acquiring an interest in the landholding entity.

Tax Disputes Part 2 - Voluntary Disclosures

Tax Disputes Part 2 - Voluntary Disclosures

This is the second in a 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. 

Tax Disputes Part 1 – Early Engagement

Tax Disputes Part 1 – Early Engagement

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. 

Is your charity in breach of the Charities Act?

Is your charity in breach of the Charities Act?

The looming federal election provides those of you managing or involved in a charity with a useful opportunity to consider the types of activities that can be undertaken without engaging in a “disqualifying purpose” under the Charities Act 2013 (Cth) (Act).

Land Tax Assessments and Objections

Land Tax Assessments and Objections

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.

A candlelit dinner with the ATO no more

A candlelit dinner with the ATO no more

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.

Untangling the crypto regulatory framework

Untangling the crypto regulatory framework

The closing date of the Australian Government’s consultation process regarding the making of an initial coin offering (ICO) provides us with an opportunity to take a breath and review the current regulatory state of the crypto world, in preparation for the regulations that may be on the horizon.