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Caitlin Murdock

LLB (Hons), BA, CTA

Special Counsel - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Taxation – Disputes & Litigation


Caitlin is an experienced tax lawyer. Caitlin attained the internationally recognised Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) designation from the Tax Institute in early 2018 and is a Fellow of the Tax Institute.

Caitlin’s practice covers all aspects of taxation and has a particular focus on indirect taxes and tax controversy. Caitlin has diverse experience advising a range of clients from small businesses though to global entities in Australia and abroad.

In 2019 Caitlin was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards in the category of Taxation directly as a result her being the lead lawyer in litigation before the AAT concerning claims in respect of research and development tax offsets.

Caitlin area’s of expertise include:

  • federal tax law (income taxes, GST and R&D) 
  • state revenues  (payroll tax, land tax and transfer duty) across each jurisdiction
  • civil (commercial) litigation 
  • trust law
  • succession
  • asset protection coupled with estate planning.

Caitlin combines a detailed knowledge of state and federal taxation laws with a sound understanding of litigation and commercial realities to effectively represent the rights and interest of her clients in revenue disputes. She has the unique skill of being able to provide complex front end tax planning advice and also act for clients in ATO reviews and in court proceedings. She advises clients on strategies to deal with risk reviews, audits and any resultant amended assessments.


Caitlin has acted in a wide range of matters in both state and federal jurisdictions

Her recent experience includes:

  • advising a large resources company in a dispute with AusIndustry in respect of research and development tax offset claims
  • advising clients in respect of income tax obligations/disputes including, capital gains tax, default assessments, GST and penalties as well as superannuation guarantee obligations
  • advising clients in relation to indirect tax consequences of transactions including GST and transfer duty consequences and the applicability of concessions (in particular large property developers and investors on landholder and other state based revenues) 
  • advising clients in relation to varying and vesting trusts (including on the CGT and other tax/revenue ramifications involved) 
  • acting for clients in estate disputes and in matters regarding the removal of attorneys under the Power of Attorney Act. 


18 August 2020 - Knowledge

Company directors – managing your taxation obligations

#Taxation – Disputes & Litigation, #COVID-19

Under the expanded director penalty regime, company directors are now liable for all of a company's PAYG liability, GST, luxury car tax, wine equalisation tax liabilities and superannuation guarantee charge liabilities.

27 November 2019 - Knowledge

ATO crackdown – wealthy Australians on the tax office hit list

#Taxation – Disputes & Litigation, #Corporate & Commercial Law

In his next push to combat tax avoidance and strengthen tax governance, the Commissioner of Taxation is allocating significant resources and will be giving close attention to the business activities of high wealth private groups.