Sladen Snippet – Sladen Legal Principal Daniel Smedley Again Named As One Of Australia’s Best Lawyers

Sladen Snippet – Sladen Legal Principal Daniel Smedley Again Named As One Of Australia’s Best Lawyers

Sladen Legal Principal, Daniel Smedley, has again been named as one of Australia’s best lawyers in the 11th edition of the Best Lawyers In Australia, for his work in Tax Law. The accolade was announced in the Australian Financial Review on 12 April 2018.

Choosing the Best Name for Your Business Trade Mark Series Part 1

Choosing the Best Name for Your Business Trade Mark Series Part 1

Naming your business or products can be a tricky and time consuming process. You want a name that represents who you are, and what you do but is also catchy and unique. Importantly, that name should also be one which can be protected by registering a trade mark. You can read why trade mark registration is so important here

Proposed changes to stapled structures – not just the big end of town

Proposed changes to stapled structures – not just the big end of town

Division 6C was introduced in 1985 to tax public unit trusts like companies unless they restricted their activities to essentially passive investment activities (‘eligible investment business’). Stapled structures arose to allow the combination of trading activities, in a company, with associated non-trading assets in a trust to which Division 6C does not apply.

CGT marriage breakdown rollover does not apply to entities controlled by former spouses

CGT marriage breakdown rollover does not apply to entities controlled by former spouses

In Ellison v Sandini Pty Ltd [2018] FCAFC 44, the Full Federal Court overturned decision which allowed Mr Sandini (the Taxpayer) to benefit from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) marriage breakdown rollover for the transfer of shares to an entity controlled by his former spouse, pursuant to a Family Court Order (FCO).

Sladen Snippet - Property purchasers become the new ‘taxman’ – new laws passed by Parliament

Sladen Snippet - Property purchasers become the new ‘taxman’ – new laws passed by Parliament

As previously reported in February 2018 (see here), the Commonwealth Government introduced into Parliament legislation that would require purchasers of taxable supplies of new residential premises or new subdivisions of potential residential land to pay either 1/11, or 7% if the margin scheme applies, of the purchase price to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) at settlement.

Uber Drivers Contractors for Now, but Deputy President Contemplates Changes to Test

Uber Drivers Contractors for Now, but Deputy President Contemplates Changes to Test

In a recent Fair Work Commission decision, Deputy President Val Gostencnik found that under Australian law, Uber drivers are independent contractors, and therefore ineligible for unfair dismissal protection.  However, DP Gostencnik commented that due to the increasing “gig economy”:

Update: Measure regarding changes to CGT main residence exemption now introduced to Parliament

Update: Measure regarding changes to CGT main residence exemption now introduced to Parliament

As previously reported in November 2017 (see here), the Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity) Bill 2017 introduced to the Parliament in October of that year dropped, without notice or explanation, reference to the proposed change to the CGT main residence exemption as that exemption applies to foreign residents.

GST withholding: legislation introduced to Parliament

GST withholding: legislation introduced to Parliament

On 7 February 2018 the Commonwealth Government introduced into Parliament legislation which if enacted will, subject to a transitional rule (discussed further below), require from 1 July 2018 that purchasers of taxable supplies of new residential premises or new subdivisions of potential residential land pay either 1/11, or 7% if the margin scheme applies, of the purchase price to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) at settlement (the Legislation). 

Sladen Snippet - Aussiegolfa part 1 - the in-house asset rules and what is an interest in a trust?

Sladen Snippet - Aussiegolfa part 1 - the in-house asset rules and what is an interest in a trust?

The recent decision of Aussiegolfa v FCT is an important decision for considering two aspects of the superannuation laws that are not often considered by the Courts, the in-house asset rules and the sole purpose test. This snippet looks at the former, another snippet looks at the latter.

Sladen Snippet - Aussiegolfa part 2 – Court finds SMSF to be in breach of the sole purpose test

Sladen Snippet - Aussiegolfa part 2 – Court finds SMSF to be in breach of the sole purpose test

The recent decision of Aussiegolfa v FCT is an important decision for considering two aspects of the superannuation laws that are not often considered by the Courts, the in-house asset rules and the sole purpose test. This snippet looks at the latter, another snippet looks at the former.

Sladen Snippet - Access to CGT Concessions to be tightened for ownership interests in companies and trusts from 1 July 2017

Sladen Snippet - Access to CGT Concessions to be tightened for ownership interests in companies and trusts from 1 July 2017

On 8 February 2018, the Government released for public consultation exposure draft legislation to implement the announcement in the 2017 Budget regarding integrity improvements to the small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions.

Is Your Business Ready for New Data Notification Laws?

Is Your Business Ready for New Data Notification Laws?

Did you know that as of 22 February 2018, your business may be required to notify the Australian Information Commissioner if you experience a data breach?  Is your business ready?  Do have a data breach response plan in place?

Sladen Snippet - Consumer protection laws set to be strengthened

Sladen Snippet - Consumer protection laws set to be strengthened

The Federal Government has released draft versions of legislation and regulations to strengthen consumer protection laws.  The changes would give effect to proposals contained in the 2017 Australian Consumer Law (ACL) Review Final Report agreed to by Commonwealth, State and Territory Consumer Affairs Ministers last year.  The public has until the end of February to submit views on the draft changes.