All commercial and financial transactions have tax consequences, whether State (such as stamp duty and payroll tax, which vary from State to State) or Commonwealth (for example GST, capital gains and income tax).
We work closely with our independent tax consultant Patrick Cussen to ensure that taxation consequences are carefully considered in the structuring of transactions.
Where possible we structure transactions so as to ensure that taxation is minimised and available exemptions or roll-over relief are able to be claimed.
As a large number of our transactions have an international aspect, we frequently advise on the availability of double tax treaties and appropriate structuring to take advantage of jurisdictions with optimal tax minimisation regimes.
We also act on behalf of our clients in any disputes that may arise with the Australian Taxation Office, including conducting proceedings in the Australian Administrative Tribunal and the Federal Court.