Published on 13 Mar 09
by NATIONAL DIVISION, THE TAX INSTITUTE
GST and property matters are always contentious, often complicated, and increasingly litigated. Gina Lazanas and Andrew Sommer have been at the forefront of these issues for a number of years. This paper covers:
- the (ongoing) margin scheme debacle
- the residential/commercial residential premises divide
- retirement villages and aged care
- partitions and in-specie distributions
- Division 129 adjustments on change in use.
Gina Lazanas, CTA, is a Partner at the specialist tax law firm, Balazs Lazanas & Welch LLP. She has over 25 years’ experience in taxation law, having initially focused on income tax and later on indirect taxes, but always with a keen interest in all kinds of tax and related administrative law disputes. Gina has had carriage of varied and complex tax audits and litigation. Gina was Chair of The Tax Institute’s Legal & Dispute Resolution Subcommittee from 2011 to 2013 and Chair of The Tax Institute’s GST Subcommittee from 2008 to 2010. In April 2012, Gina was appointed a part-time Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
- Current at
16 June 2017
Andrew is a specialist in indirect taxation. Andrew started in tax at a major accounting firm over 25 years ago and moved to Clayton Utz in 1998. He was involved in GST implementation and has advised on all aspects of GST, including financial services, property, government and M&A. In addition, Andrew advises on FBT, land tax, payroll tax and transfer pricing matters. He has been involved in a wide range of contentious matters across different taxes and different jurisdictions. Andrew has taught masters courses in GST and has written numerous articles and papers on different aspects of the GST.
• Bachelor of Science, University of Sydney
• Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney
• Master of Laws, University of Sydney
• Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW, High Court of Australia
Professional Associations & Designations:
• Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia (FTIA)
• Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA)
- Current at
25 August 2020