In light of the High Court’s ruling in the Commissioner of Taxation v Qantas case on 2 October The Tax Institute received extensive media coverage this week.
On 2 October we were quoted in the Australian Financial Review: “ATO wins crucial GST case against Qantas”.
We were also quoted on 2 October in The Australian: “High Court orders Qantas unable to pocket $34m in GST on forfeited flights”, this article also appeared in Courier Mail and the Advertiser.
On the same day our comments appeared online in AAP, Townsville Bulletin, Business Spectator, Yahoo7! News, SBS.com.au, bigpondnews.com.au, ninemsn.com.au, The West Australian, Skynews.com.au and ABC online: “Qantas loses court battle over GST”.
The ruling attracted further media attention with Robert Jeremenko being interviewed on the same day by Sky News Business TV, ABC World Today radio and 3AW radio.
Our comments on the Qantas ruling also appeared on 3 October in the Australian Financial Review: “ATO lands $34m win against Qantas”, The Australian: “Qantas denied GST windfall from no-shows”, “Qantas' landmark High Court defeat in GST case” The Sydney Morning Herald: “Qantas loses fight over GST”, the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun: “Ruling forces Qantas to pay GST on absent passengers’ fares”, the Canberra Times: “Still a taxing time for a ‘no-show’ on a ticket”, Gold Coast Bulletin: “Court keeps GST on no-shows”, Ballarat Courier: “Qantas has lost a lengthy legal battle to recoup $34m”, and Hobart Mercury: “Qantas loses $34m GST battle”.
On 3 October Robert Jeremenko also appeared on ABC News Breakfast TV giving further comment on the Qantas ruling.
On other issues on 4 October The Tax Institute was also mentioned in BRW: “Cross-border transfers get more complex” regarding the new transfer pricing laws and their effect.
We were also quoted on 5 October in the Australian Financial Review: “ATO nets innocent SMEs: report” commenting on the Inspector-General of Taxation report into ATO benchmarking practices released on 4 October.