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Curious cases of footballers, aircraft crew, lawyers, scientists and a motel - The general deduction jurisprudence of Justice Graham Hill


In the many tributes to the jurisprudence of Graham Hill there is focus on his work in the areas of stamp duties, Part IVA, goods and services tax (GST), trusts, capital gains tax and the basic concepts of income. His development and clarification of the law in respect of the general deduction provisions has not been as widely acknowledged.

This paper explores a number of his key judgements in the context of individuals (employees), partners in partnership and companies.

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Prof Michael Dirkis CTA
Michael is Professor of Taxation Law at the University of Sydney. He has a PhD on Australian international taxation and is a noted researcher, having authored Is it Australia's? Residency and Source Analysed (2005, Australian Tax Research Foundation), as well as authoring and co-authoring over 590 publications and papers. From May 1999 until October 2009 he was, as Senior Tax Counsel for the Taxation Institute, in the forefront of the all major tax reform and taxation administration reforms. He continues his involvement as a member of the Treasury's Tax Treaties Advisory Panel and the Education Committee of the Tax Practitioners Board. He was awarded the Australasian Tax Teachers Association's Graham Hill medal in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the teaching of taxation law and policy" on 21 January 2010. - Current at 29 October 2012
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