We provide strategic, technical and pragmatic solutions to help clients manage the tax risk process including guidance to avoid tax disputes and, where necessary, management of federal and state tax disputes.
We bring together our expert knowledge of tax and our expertise in dispute management to focus on everything needed to strengthen your position for early resolution or, where necessary, taking the matter through the Courts.
Our team of experienced practitioners are committed to working together to secure the best outcomes for our clients, with particular expertise in:
The Tax Hub is a resource bank where we bring together our expert knowledge of tax and our expertise in dispute management to focus on everything needed to strengthen your position for early resolution or, where necessary, taking the matter through the Courts. View the Tax Hub.
In addition to the reported tax cases listed below our team has been involved in a number of significant unreported matters including:
Team members have been involved in the conduct of the following reported cases, including key cases involving the Commissioner of Taxation (FCT), in the last 10 years:
20 September 2023 - Knowledge
The NSW Government has announced a number of changes to the Duties Act 1997 and Land Tax Management Act 1956 as part of its 23/24 Budget. The changes predominantly affect restructures of corporate entities and private unit trusts and are expected to deliver to the Budget $958.5 million over four years.
17 September 2023 - Knowledge
With super guarantee integrity being one of the ATO’s eight focus areas, employers are urged to review their payroll systems and policies around how workers are classified for superannuation guarantee purposes and consider voluntary disclosures for any misclassifications.
21 August 2023 - Knowledge
State revenue authorities are increasing their scrutiny of how payroll taxes are applied to contractors. We take a look at the tax provisions that apply to contractors and share recommended actions for businesses and intermediaries working with contractors.
19 July 2023 - Knowledge
A recent decision in the Federal Court clarifies what constitutes supporting R&D activities and poses as a reminder for businesses to seek advice early in the RDTI process.
28 June 2023 - Knowledge
Building on the changes introduced by the Secure Jobs, Better Pay laws, further amendments have been made to the Fair Work Act to provide more protections to worker entitlements.
31 May 2023 - Knowledge
A landmark case before the High Court will determine the constitutional validity of Victoria’s recent electric vehicle tax.
30 May 2023 - Knowledge
The COVID debt levy introduced in the 2023-24 Victorian state budget comes with significant changes to land tax, payroll tax and stamp duty. We summarise the key measures and who will be impacted.
24 May 2023 - Knowledge
The Federal Government has announced significant funding to extend ATO compliance programs targeted at landlords, remote employees, home-based businesses, and to scrutinise both income and deductions from short-term rentals. This article higlights the ATO’s key focus areas and reminds taxpayers about the need to maintain proper records to substantiate any tax returns in the event of an audit or investigation.
23 May 2023 - Knowledge
The Full Federal Court has ruled that written contracts hold supreme importance in determining employment status for tax purposes. The decision reaffirms that the terms of a written contract are crucial in distinguishing between employees and independent contractors as are delegation/subcontracting powers.
01 March 2023 - Knowledge
The Full Federal Court has rejected the Commissioner of Taxation’s appeal on section 100A from the first decision in the Guardian AIT case, confirming that the inquiry required by section 100A is different to Part IVA of the Income Tax Assessment Act.
19 January 2023 - Knowledge
Revenue authorities are increasing their scrutiny of industries with independent contractors being engaged – from university lecturers to delivery drivers. This article looks at the relationships between mortgage aggregators and their independent contractor arrangements with mortgage brokers. Direct parallels can probably be drawn with the insurance industry and share trading brokers.
12 January 2023 - Knowledge
Preparing early and seeking legal advice when responding to formal ATO information requests is important for taxpayers to be aware of when managing tax disputes and the ATO relationship.