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DIV 7A - A brave new world paper

Published on 18 Jun 08 by VICTORIAN DIVISION, THE TAX INSTITUTE

Aldous Huxley's novel of the same title portrays a disturbing view of a future utopia gone wrong. Could Div 7A be heading the same way? The Commissioner's amnesty in PS LA 2007/20 for Div 7A expires on 30 June 2008. What happens after that? What about pre-Div 7A or post-Div 7A issues that haven't been dealt with yet? What strategies should your client adopt in approaching the ATO for the Commissioner to exercise his discretion?

This paper considers these issues and illustrates some of the pitfalls but also suggests some real solutions to real Div 7A problems through the use of case studies.

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Arthur Athanasiou CTA-Life
Photo of author, Arthur ATHANASIOU Arthur Athanasiou CTA (Life) practises mainly in the area of taxation advisory, with an emphasis on dispute resolution, particularly in the SME sector, with both the ATO and the SRO. Arthur has many years experience in complex tax litigation and tax audit negotiations and settlements. He also has broad experience in the taxation of trusts and SME entities, with an emphasis on Div 7A and high wealth individuals and family groups. Arthur has qualified as a Chartered Accountant and also held senior taxation and management positions in the transport and motor vehicle industries. Arthur is a former President of The Tax Institute, has chaired the Law Institute’s Tax Law Advisory Committee for a decade and now serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the IPA-Deakin University SME Research Centre. Arthur is an Accredited Tax Law Specialist and a widely published writer on taxation issues. He regularly appears in the mainstream media and presents at tax seminars and discussion groups. - Current at 21 September 2018
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