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The ship of Theseus and other trust perplexities presentation


Notwithstanding recent changes dealing with the streaming of trust income, many issues concerning the taxation of trust income remain. In this presentation, Fiona Dillon, the ATO’s Assistant Commissioner charged with its technical leadership of trust issues, takes you through some of these issues, highlighting the importance of the Government’s announced modernisation of the taxation of trust income reforms. In addition, Fiona discusses current developments and other topical issues in respect of the taxation of trust income.

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Fiona Dillon CTA
Fiona Dillon, CTA, has a long history of senior tax leadership roles in both the Australian public service and the private sector. Within the ATO, Fiona has led the ATO’s Workplace Relations area, helped shape the strategic direction of the ATO’s Public Advice and Guidance, and was a longstanding member of the ATO’s Public Rulings Panel and a member of the ATO’s General Anti-Avoidance Rules Panel. In her current role as Deputy Chief Tax Counsel, Fiona provides technical leadership on corporate transactions and international matters for the ATO. Prior to this role, she served as Minister–Counsellor (Taxation) in the Australian delegation to the OECD based in Paris, where she chaired the Joint International Taskforce on Information Sharing and Collaboration (JITSIC) on behalf of the Commissioner and represented Australia in other OECD taxation initiatives. Fiona is admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia and holds a Master of Taxation, Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce, and in 2017 she was a finalist for The Tax Institute’s Corporate Tax Adviser of the Year. - Current at 31 October 2019


This was presented at 45th Western Australia State Convention .

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Part IVA: Where to from here?

Author(s):  Tom Thawley

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The ship of Theseus and other trust perplexities

Author(s):  Fiona DILLON

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Philanthropy: Tax planning and sustainable giving

Author(s):  Peter DOWLING

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