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DIV 7A - A brave new world paper


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
Photo of author, Arthur ATHANASIOU Arthur, a Partner at Thomson Geer Lawyers, has many years experience in complex tax litigation and tax audit negotiations and settlements. Arthur’s main area of practice is taxation advisory, with an emphasis on dispute resolution, particularly in the SME sector, with both the ATO and the SRO. 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 extensive experience in all areas of direct and indirect taxation and has qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has also held senior taxation and management positions in the transport and motor vehicle industries, with specialist experience in logistics, supply chain, chain of responsibility and contract warehousing. Arthur is the President of The Tax Institute as well as a State Councillor, and also chairs the Law Institute’s Tax Law Advisory Committee. 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. Arthur has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2015 as a recommended tax lawyer in Victoria. - Current at 12 April 2017
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