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Demystifying consolidation for SMEs paper


This paper shows how tax consolidation can work in a business restructing including:

  • establishing a business structure - use of company groups
  • when should I consolidate an existing group
  • eliminating 'management charges' and value shifting
  • demystifying ACA calculations
  • what consolidations doesn't cover.

It also cover the key M&A opportunities (and risks): 

  • purchasers' and vendors' perspectives
  • access to losses and franking credits
  • enhanced tax values of assets
  • aligning purchaser and vendor needs
  • avoiding book to tax differences
  • obtaining 'clean exits' from groups
  • company vs asset transactions.

Author profiles

Julian Lian
Julian started in KPMG’s Adelaide tax practice as a graduate in 2006. He has recently returned to Adelaide after five and a half years in Sydney where he worked with KPMG’s tax advisory team and a leading Australian law firm. He advises on income tax matters and has a broad range of experience ranging from private groups to large multinationals across a range of industry sectors. His most recent TIA presentation was at the Queensland Tax Forum in May this year where he presented on technical traps in corporate transactions. - Current at 29 July 2019
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Sean Van Der Linden CTA
Sean is a partner at EY, specialising in corporate and international tax. Sean regularly advises clients on the buy-side or sell-side of transactions. He provides commercially focussed advice on capital gains tax, tax consolidation, financing and structuring of transactions, and tax due diligence. Sean has been a State Councillor for many years, and is a past Chair of State Council and past Chair of the Professional Development Committee for The Tax Institute. - Current at 06 January 2021
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Terri Symonds
Terri is a Non Financial Services Director in KPMG’S Delivery and Data Excellence tax compliance practice which combine’s KPMG’s locally trained tax professionals, technology specialists and transformation teams to provide holistic tax services to KPMG’s clients. Terri leads the KPMG team of tax effect accounting specialists and has over 14 years of experience working in Chartered firms, in providing direct tax compliance and tax reporting services to large corporate entities across a broad range of industries. - Current at 13 August 2018


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