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Managing tax disputes paper


The formal dispute process begins after the ATO has assessed your client. This can be a long and expensive process depending on the issues involved. The purpose of this paper is to provide some insight to this process, the options available and how you may be able to bring the dispute to an earlier conclusion. This paper covers: 

  • how important is your objection
  • why objecting to private rulings can be disastrous
  • managing the objection process
  • pros and cons of 50/50 arrangements
  • “escalation” and/or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): when, why and how
  • the role of freedom of information
  • the importance of evidence
  • choosing the battleground - AAT or Federal Court
  • ettlement deeds.

Author profiles

Heydon Miller CTA
Heydon Miller, CTA, of Orange Chambers has worked mainly as a tax consultant or a barrister. Since being called to the bar in 2009 Heydon has acted for the ATO and for taxpayers in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or the Federal Court. He also presents the GST Law subject at the University of NSW from time to time. His move to Orange presents Heydon with an opportunity to better serve regional areas while maintaining a commitment to traditional city based clients. - Current at 18 June 2018
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Martin Booth CTA
Martin is a Partner within the Private Clients (Tax Advisory) division of Pitcher Partners. With over 16 years of professionally accredited employment, he is a highly experienced taxation and business adviser with strong technical and business qualifications, and has consistently demonstrated the ability to provide tax-effective solutions to clients in a variety of competitive industries. He focuses predominantly on providing tax advisory services to clients in the SME market. He has extensive experience in advising clients in the property and construction and financial services industries. Martin regularly assists in negotiations with the ATO in resolving technical taxation disputes. He has over 16 years experience advising clients in dispute resolution and has been instrumental in achieving appropriate outcomes for uncertain matters. - Current at 04 January 2018
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