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Published on 16 May 2003 | Took place at Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Gold Coast, QLD

The climate of change in Australia is relentless.

Tax advisers are continually dealing with new regimes and new approaches to age old questions:
- the issues to consider in deciding which structure to adopt in a business venture continue to evolve
- the consolidation regime is now with us, with a final cut of the legislative package now available.

This regime will impact on all corporate groups, both large and small.

These were just two of the key topics at this state convention, the theme of which was 'shifting sands'. The program was of vital importance to all tax professionals, including accountants in public practice, corporate tax advisers and lawyers.

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Individual sessions

Business Structures for SMEs

Author(s):  Gil LEVY This seminar paper covers the following topics:
- basic structure for maximum CGT and income tax efficacy
- structuring to negatively gear
- advantages and disadvantages of a discretionary trust to access the CGT concessions
- using a company owned by a discretionary trust or trusts
- using a partnership of discretionary trusts
- small business concessions case study.

Gil Levy also presented this paper at the Tasmanian State Convention 2003 in Orford on 17 October 2003.

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Business in the New Millenium - A Corporate Perspective

Author(s):  Keith BURCHILL This presentation covers the following topics:
- the relevance of separation of ownership and control to adviser relationships
- the perspectives of client and adviser
- why a client expects what they do
- what advisers should do, but often don't
- what makes a good adviser
- what clients hate
- how not to 'mutilate' your clients
- how to attract clients away from existing advisers
- common mistakes adviser make in attracting and retaining clients.

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Consolidation & SMEs

Author(s):  Annamaria CAREY This seminar paper covers the following topics:
- can your group consolidate?
- the benefits of consolidation for a SME group
- how to reduce the costs of consolidation for SME groups
- the consolidation process - how to minimise the pain
- issues to be aware of in making the decision to consolidate
- changes to the group post consolidation - don't get caught out!

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Tax Relief for Demergers of Corporate Groups

Author(s):  Peter COLLINS This seminar paper covers the following issues:
- overview of demerger legislation
- accounting and stamp duty issues
- consolidation interplay
- unresolved difficulties
- opportunities and practical application.

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Tax Audits

Author(s):  Craig DARLEY This seminar paper covers the following topics:
- the ATO has turned up unannounced in reception
- the ATO is going to do a risk assessment review
- the ATO has announced a full investigative audit
- even if you haven't heard from the ATO.

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Simplified Imputation

Author(s):  John NEWBY This seminar paper covers the following isses:
- are your dividend statements correct?
- what happens if you exceed the benchmark franking percentage?
- is a franking deficit still a problem?
- can you under-frank a dividend?
- should you issue dividend access shares?

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An Evolving and Adapting ATO

Author(s):  Michael D'ASCENZO This seminar paper covers the following issues:
- the ATO's legislative funtion
- timing difficulties
- capital protected products
- consolidations
- simplified imputation system
- the 2003 compliance plan.

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Taxation of Intellectual Property

Author(s):  Peter GODBER This seminar paper covers the following topics:
- categorising intellectual property
- deductibility of expenditure
- availability of capital allowances
- issues with software and website development costs
- planning for commercialisation
- application of capital gains tax
- issues with taking off-shore opportunities
- other taxes - GST and stamp duty.

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GST & Property: Recent Developments and Current Issues

Author(s):  Harry LAKIS,  Robert OLDING This seminar paper covers the following topics:
- recent rulings
- new residential sale issues
- margin scheme pitfalls
- attribution issues in sales/leases/developments
- lease incentives/market reviews/terminations
- guarantees in property deals
- developer contributions
- GST 'leakage' - loss of ITCs.

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International Transfer Pricing

Author(s):  John BLAND,  Dave LEWIS This seminar paper covers the following issues:
- transfer pricing risks
- the ATO's approach to reviewing transfer pricing
- current ATO activity, including increasing focus on the small to medium enterprise segment of the market
- dealing with the ATO and how to get the best results
- avenues for double tax relief.

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