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Breakfast Club - Tripping the Light Fantastic

Published on 20 Feb 2003 | Took place at Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn , VIC

New ATO Compliance Plan and Trust Announcements - yet another tune to learn

Tax practitioners in the profession and corporate groups have been dancing to the tune of tax reform over the last two years. But just when the dance steps started to come together the soft lights went out and the audit spotlight has been turned on, with the ATO sending us its Compliance Plan for 2002/03.

In late 2002 the light shone brightly onto some previously held ATO positiongs, in the cases of Prebble and MLC, which also involved ATO attempted imposition of penalties.

A new dance was promised by the Treasurer, Peter Costello, announcing new legislation for Trusts in the Section 109UB deemed dividend area, interest claims related to borrowings to fund distributions and confirming that the Government will retain the current flow through regime for distributions.

This seminar gave a taste of the impact of these announcements in 2003.

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New ATO Compliance Plan and Trust Announcements

Author(s):  Tony STOLAREK Tony Stolarek, National Tax Partner at Ernst & Young, gives a taste of the impact of the ATO's Compliance Plan for 2002/03. He considers risk and planning measures that need to be implemented to ensure clients are not caught out.

Issues addressed include:
- key issues arising out of the ATO 2002/03 Compliance Plan impacting income tax and GST for businesses and large businesses
- the old and new Section 109UB provisions impacting taxation of trusts
- impact of the compliance plan - years which are open for amended assessments
- impact on penalty exposures in the light of Prebble and MLC.

Materials from this session: