The Expanding Scope of Tax Anti-Avoidance Rules – Insights and Implications for SMEs
Published on 21 Oct 2010
| Took place at Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn
With the ATO showing a renewed focus on Part IVA, advisers must be mindful of anti-avoidance risks at every
step. Taxpayers often rely upon the supposed “commerciality” of an arrangement in concluding that it should not be subject to Part IVA. Yet in the recent Citigroup case, an arm’s length transaction of an apparently ordinary commercial nature, was struck down by the Commissioner.
Across the Tasman, the Courts in New Zealand have been grappling with anti-avoidance cases involving questions
of “commercial and economic reality”, and taxpayers’ freedom of choice in arranging their affairs. The underlying
theme is again one of the increasing scope of anti-avoidance rules, and reduced certainty for taxpayers and advisers.
This event drew upon recent anti-avoidance cases to provide a snapshot of the changing landscape of Part IVA.
This event was part of the breakfast club and also ran in Geelong.