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ConTax Newsletter - November 2013

Careers related article

Contributed by Dr Paul Kenny - Associate Professor in Taxation Law - Flinders University

What is it like to apply tax law as a tax specialist?

Often you will deal with routine transactions. In working out the tax consequences for routine transactions, you need to identify the question(s) at issue and the relevant taxpayer and use taxation methodology and legal reasoning to form a view. The taxation methodology and legal reasoning will be provided by your university lecturers, the professional bodies and tax book publishers. Applying tax law to routine transactions will become second nature in the workplace.

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Young Tax Practitioner: Profile

Name:  Matthew Andruchowycz
Employer:  Wallmans Lawyers
Position:  Senior Associate, Taxation & Superannuation

I am 29, happily married and have lived in Adelaide all my life. I have a house in Goodwood, close to the CBD, and ride my bike to and from work. I have been a lawyer at Wallmans for around 6.5 years. I moved into the tax and superannuation team in early 2009. Most of my work is personal tax planning, commercial transactions or objections.

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Sample Exam Question

Contributed by Dr Paul Kenny - Associate Professor in Taxation Law - Flinders University

Question
Sam, who lived all his life in Sydney, gains an appointment to the University of the New Zealand for three years to teach art.  Sam is an Australian citizen and leaves with his family on 1 July of the current tax year to live in New Zealand. After two years, he expects to return home to work at a Sydney University and move back into the family home. His father was born in Sydney. He rents out the Sydney family home and lives in a rental house whilst he is in New Zealand. Is Sam a resident in the current tax year under sub-s 6(1) ITAA 1936?

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Feature Article: Post Implementation Reviews of Small Business Tax Reforms

Dr Paul Kenny is an Associate Professor in Taxation Law at Flinders University, a past President of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association and a Chartered Tax Adviser. Paul is a regular presenter at national and international tax conferences and regularly publishes papers on Australian and international taxation. 

He is also the author of the popular tax law text, Australian Tax 2013, Lexis Nexis, now in its 10th edition. He also authors “Tax Quick Reference Cards” that are used by the profession and are available from The Tax Institute.

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The best tax industry resources to keep you in the loop

Tax is a dynamic, constantly evolving field where tax professionals need to stay up to date with the latest developments in order to provide clients with quality advice. So where should you go to keep up with industry news? Here’s a rundown of the best resources that will help you stay informed.

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Recent Tax Cases of Interest

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