Tax Disputes: Part 1 – Early engagement strategies with the ATO

Tax Disputes: Part 1 – Early engagement strategies with the ATO

When involved in a dispute with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), it is always in a clients’ best interest to seek to either resolve or narrow and define the relevant issues in dispute as quickly and efficiently as possible.  We will always advise a client to seek to engage with the ATO to resolve a tax dispute, when possible.

Sladen Snippet - trustee obligations on the ATO radar

Sladen Snippet - trustee obligations on the ATO radar

As we approach 30 June, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announced that it is reviewing adherence to trustee obligations including the lodgment of tax file number (TFN) reports for TFN withholding for closely held trusts.

Labor’s Tax Policies and What They Mean for Discretionary Trusts

Labor’s Tax Policies and What They Mean for Discretionary Trusts

Discretionary trusts are prevalent in the small to medium enterprise (SME) market due to their income tax effectiveness, distribution flexibility, and asset protection features. However, this may be about to change. The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has proposed a number of amendments to existing tax laws should they win the election on 18 May 2019.

Part 2: International tax series: income tax consequences for non-resident beneficiaries

Part 2: International tax series: income tax consequences for non-resident beneficiaries

Our international tax series discusses Commonwealth tax issues relating to non-resident beneficiaries or non-resident trustees of a trust.

Part 1 International tax series: are you a resident or non-resident?

Part 1 International tax series: are you a resident or non-resident?

This is the first article in a series relating to the Australian tax consequences for resident and non-resident beneficiaries of Australian and foreign trusts.

Sladen Snippet: ATO to begin data matching program on cryptocurrency holdings

Sladen Snippet: ATO to begin data matching program on cryptocurrency holdings

The Federal Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) has given notice that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will commence a data matching program on cryptocurrency.

Federal Court reminds us of the complexity of income tax deductibility, and what it means to carry on a business.

Federal Court reminds us of the complexity of income tax deductibility, and what it means to carry on a business.

In Watson as trustee for the Murrindindi Bushfire Class Active Settlement Fund v Commissioner of Taxation [2019] FCA 228 (Watson), the Federal Court ruled that an investment trust established to hold funds received as compensation for victims of the black Saturday bush fires could not deduct administrative expenses associated with the trust’s operation.  

ATO Decision Impact Statement on Pintarich – troubling views on when a decision may not be a decision

ATO Decision Impact Statement on Pintarich – troubling views on when a decision may not be a decision

We previously reported here and here on the Full Federal Court decision of Pintarich v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [2018] FCAFC 79 (Pintarich) and the unsuccessful application for special leave to the High Court.

ATO releases ruling on when a company carries on a business, providing useful guidance for small business corporate taxpayers

ATO releases ruling on when a company carries on a business, providing useful guidance for small business corporate taxpayers

The Federal Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) has issued Taxation Ruling TR 2019/1 (Ruling) which addresses when a company carries on a business within the meaning of:

No Discount Capital Gain On The Sale Of Shares - Paule V FCT, Hart v FCT [2019] FCA394

No Discount Capital Gain On The Sale Of Shares - Paule V FCT, Hart v FCT [2019] FCA394

The Federal Court has ruled, in a decision that the Court itself described as an “unpalatable result”, that the capital gains tax (CGT) discount did not apply to the sale of shares held by a trust.

Landholder Duty - Part 5 – Acquisitions of Economic Entitlement

Landholder Duty - Part 5 – Acquisitions of Economic Entitlement

In Parts 1-4 of this series, we discussed the landholder duty provisions, with a particular focus on Victorian landholder duty. In this part we continue to delve into the complex landholder provisions, with a focus on the principle of an acquisitions of economic entitlement.