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2008 Queensland State Convention

Published on 31 Jul 2008 | Took place at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa, QLD

As with previous years, the 2008 convention provided an opportunity to hear from some of Australia’s leading tax practitioners on a diverse range of technical topics such as superannuation, tax consolidation, capital gains tax and international tax.

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Individual sessions

Prospects for the global economy

Author(s):  Matthew PETER

This presentation covers:

  • what are the challenges facing global economic and financial markets?
  • how have they arisen?
  • where are we now?
  • where are we heading?
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Investing within the SIS environment

Author(s):  Richard J FRIEND

This paper covers:

  • what the "in-house asset" rules really say you cannot do - and what you can
  • the new rules re non-recourse borrowings (nothing to do with warrants)
  • using unit trusts for gearing - both old trusts and new ones
  • tax consequences of different investment structures
  • why many "auditors" are not suited to auditing super funds.
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Exiting from a consolidated group

Author(s):  Hayden BENTLEY This paper covers:

  • selling assets v subsidiary v the whole group
  • exit calculation steps - accounting and tax collide?
  • some anomalies, swings and roundabouts.
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Small business CGT concessions – Tips and traps

Author(s):  Stephen HOLMES

This paper covers:

  • using the small business entity provisions to access the concessions where the net assets test is a problem - planning opportunities that exist
  • finding the right significant individual
  • the benefits of the new definition of affiliate - when does it hurt and when does it help?
  • CGT events J5 and J6 - automatic 2 year deferral and other strategies
  • small business concessions and superannuation caps
  • tips to avoid structuring disasters.
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Carbon offsets and emission trading

Author(s):  Brett CLARK,  Brendon MCGUIRE

This paper covers:

  • Virgin Blue's Carbon offset scheme and the Greenhouse Friendly program
  • proposed framework for the Australian emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)
  • other ETS in operation (NSW, European), Proposed NZ scheme
  • GST - characterising the supply
  • international air transport - GST free.
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Recent developments in international tax for australian businesses expanding overseas

Author(s):  Michael CHANG

This paper covers:

  • recent developments in transfer pricing
  • the proposed re-write of the Controlled Foreign Corporation Rules
  • the Government's approach to double tax treaties
  • changes to the foreign loss quarantining and foreign tax credit rules.
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Taking your business to China

Author(s):  Murray HOWLETT This presentation covers:

  • structuring the Chinese business
  • the global approach versus jurisdiction by jurisdiction advice
  • what is the value of Double Tax Agreements?
  • transactional Issues (transfer pricing etc)
  • commercial practicalities
  • issues surrounding your Chinese based Australian staff.
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The end game – extracting value

Author(s):  Peter J MCKNOULTY

This paper covers:

  • share sales (allocation of the purchase price and valuation issues)
  • restraint of trade and exit payments
  • dividends, capital reductions and buy-backs
  • earnouts and CGT.
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Ceasing to carry on a business: Tax and other considerations

Author(s):  Saxon ROSE,  Nick HARWOOD

This paper covers:

  • sale of business from vendor and purchaser perspectives
  • small business CGT relief concessions
  • managing liquidations and distributions effectively
  • other post business cessation considerations.
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