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Tax advisings in practice - where is the line to be drawn and how do you draw it? paper


Tax is a very relevant consideration in all commercial arrangements - and as such, tax is commonly used by policy makers to redirect economic activity. The daily dilemma for advisors is drawing the line between arrangements that are influenced by tax outcomes as compared with arrangements that are driven by tax outcomes. This paper considers issues that emerge as an advisor develops methodologies for approaching tax planning issues, and how they can seek to minimise risk for their clients and themselves, including:

  • developing a methodology for approaching tax planning
  • what is the right amount of tax?
  • utility of public rulings, private rulings and class rulings
  • recognising the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Photo of author, Ken SPENCE Ken is a Special Counsel in the Melbourne office of Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills. He has been closely involved for many years in advising Australian and foreign-owned listed companies on M&A transactions and has been extensively involved with both clients and tax professional bodies in relation to all aspects of the tax consolidation regime. Ken is a past President of The Tax Institute. - Current at 23 August 2016
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This was presented at 44th Victorian State Convention: Surfing the Wave .

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Individual sessions

Part IVA and Division 165: where are we now and where are we heading?

Author(s):  Richard F EDMONDS

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Division 7A revisited

Author(s):  Arthur ATHANASIOU

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Capital structuring for corporate groups

Author(s):  Gordon THRING

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Tax cases, rulings and announcements that have changed the tax landscape

Author(s):  Keith JAMES

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