Taxation

It is no secret that Australia’s taxation system is complicated. That’s why you need a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who can work around the clock to provide you with a clear understanding of your tax obligations as well as innovative tax solutions which best fit your needs.

Whether you are a corporation, small business or individual, we offer a range of tailored taxation services (including taxation advice, representation in reviews audits and tax prosecution as well as dispute and debt management) which withstand the scrutiny of the Australian Tax Office.

The relationships we have developed with senior state and federal taxation officers and our in depth understanding of how authorities administer tax laws means that we can cut through bureaucratic red tape and resolve any objections and disputes in a timely and cost efficient manner. We can also give you the very best legal representation if you are being audited by the Australian Taxation Office, if you find yourself in court or if you need a tax ruling to clarify your legal position.

It is no secret that Australia’s taxation system is complicated. That’s why you need a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who can work around the clock to provide you with a clear understanding of your tax obligations as well as innovative tax solutions which best fit your needs.

Whether you are a corporation, small business or individual, we offer a range of tailored taxation services which withstand the scrutiny of the Australian Tax Office.

The relationships we have developed with senior state and federal taxation officers and our in depth understanding of how authorities administer tax laws means that we can cut through bureaucratic red tape and resolve any objections and disputes in a timely and cost efficient manner.

Advice

Australian tax law can be perceived as an intimidating and complicated area of law, with the ability to create quite serious consequences for taxpayers. It is important to note that while the Australian tax regime may require that you pay tax, it does not require that you leave a tip.

Our team has advised corporations, small businesses and high net worth individuals on all facets of Australian taxation law, which is why we are able to offer tailored taxation advice which take into consideration your needs and objectives as well as help you manage your tax risks and obtain tax certainty.

We pride ourselves on our ability to not only remain at the forefront of the constantly changing tax laws, policies and processes, but to provide our clients with clear and concise taxation advice that can withstand the scrutiny of the Australian Taxation Office and ensure you remain in compliance with Australia’s taxation laws and rulings.

Did we forget to mention that our tax advice, unlike that of your accountant, is protected by legal professional privilege?

How we can help

  • Advise you on how income tax, international tax, GST, land tax and payroll tax apply to you and your business
  • Help you assess and minimise the capital gains tax consequences of your personal and professional affairs 
  • Provide tailored advice on how to minimise the tax you have to pay
  • Advise you on the tax implications associated with your personal and professional affairs and help you prepare the right documents to make sure you achieve the best outcome
  • Advise you on your transfer duty obligations on private or commercial transaction (including new structures, joint ventures, mergers and demergers)

Disputes and Debt Management

Taxation authorities and taxpayers do not always see eye to eye, which is why the Australian Taxation Office will often issue amended or default assessments which claim that taxpayers are required to pay an additional amount of tax.

If you find yourself in a dispute with the Australian Taxation Office because you are unhappy with an amended or default assessment that you have received from the Australian Taxation Office, we will work with you to understand the facts and circumstances behind your matter and assist you to prepare an objection which will overturn the amended or default assessment you have received and reduce the amount of tax you are required to pay (either in part or in full).

If you find yourself in debt to the Australian Taxation Office, we can also assist by combining our knowledge of the how authorities recover tax debts with our relationships with senior state and federal tax officers to cut through the bureaucratic red tape and manage and resolve your tax debts in a timely and cost efficient manner.

We have an impeccable track record in helping our clients manage their tax debts by helping consolidate tax debts, remit interest and penalties and enter into payment plans so you have the financial freedom to pay off your tax debt and focus on what really matters.

How we can help

  • Prepare objections to amended or default assessment so that you pay the correct amount of tax
  • Represent you in an application for review with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Facilitate the remission of interest and penalties to reduce your tax debt
  • Negotiate payment plans with revenue authorities so you can manage repayment of your tax debt
  • Represent you in debt recovery proceedings commenced by the Australian Taxation Office or a state revenue authority
  • Advise you in relation to a director penalty notices or garnishee notices

Audit and Review

Australia’s tax system is one of self-assessment, which means that when you lodge your tax returns and business activity statements, in almost all cases, they are processed without being verified. It is only when the Australian Taxation Office conducts a review or audit that your tax returns and business activity statements are assessed and we understand and appreciate that receiving a letter informing you that your affairs are being reviewed or audited can be a stressful experience.

If you or someone you know has received a letter from the Australian Taxation Office informing them of a review or audit of their tax returns or business activity statements, it is of upmost importance that you have a responsive, knowledgeable and experienced solicitor who can represent you before the Australian Taxation Office so as to minimise and manage the tax implications that could arise from a review or audit of your taxation affairs.

Due to the relationships we have developed with senior state and federal taxation officers and our in depth understanding of how authorities conduct reviews and audits of your tax affairs, we work with our clients to understand their circumstances before we represent them in a review or audit.

Our primary objective – take control of the entire process and resolve the review or audit so you don’t have to pay additional tax, interest and penalties or face criminal prosecution.

How we can help

  • Advise you on your taxation obligations so you can avoid a review or audit of your tax affairs
  • Respond to, and resolve, a review before it turns into an audit of your tax affairs
  • Represent you in, and resolve, an audit of your tax affairs 
  • Reduce the scope of a review or audit of your tax affairs
  • Help you minimise and manage the taxation implications that arise from a review or audit of your tax affairs
  • Facilitate a remission of interest and penalties to reduce your tax debt
  • Prevent prosecution by taxation authorities

Prosecution

Many taxpayers don’t know that the Australian Taxation Office has the power to commence criminal proceedings if you fail to comply with a final notice to lodge tax returns or business activity statements, fail attend or answer questions at an interview with the taxation office or make false or misleading statements in your tax returns or business activity statements.

In fact, we are often approached by a number of taxpayers who have received a court attendance notice and want to know their options so as to avoid a criminal record and significant fines.

While we understand and appreciate that complying with your tax obligations can sometimes be the last thing on your mind, if you or someone you know has been issued with a court attendance notice for the above reasons, it is of upmost importance that you have a responsive, knowledgeable and experienced solicitor who can represent you before the court so as to avoid a criminal conviction, bond, fine or jail time.

If you contact us, we will combine our in depth understanding of how tax authorities and courts deal with prosecution of tax matters with our results focused understanding of your circumstances and objectives so that we can help you deal with a court attendance notice, avoid a criminal conviction and substantially reduce any fine or penalty which the Australian Taxation Office or court can impose.

How we can help

  • Advise you on your rights and help you comply with your taxation obligations so you can avoid tax prosecution
  • Respond to a court attendance notice on your behalf
  • Help you review and lodge your tax returns and business activity statements so your tax affairs are up-to-date before you attend court
  • Negotiate the charges brought by tax authorities to minimise your exposure to fines and penalties
  • Represent you before the court in the prosecution of your tax affairs to avoid a criminal conviction
  • Attend interviews with the Australian Taxation Office so you can avoid criminal proceedings from being commenced