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Privacy and confidentiality - The rights of taxpayers and their advisors paper


This paper covers:

  • the starting position
  • is the position of the advisor different to that of the client
  • statutory or legislative obligations
  • ongoing reporting requirements
  • specific coercive powers
  • exceptions
  • legal professional privilege
  • privilege against self-incrimination
  • spousal privilege
  • public interest privilege
  • impact of the taxpayers’ charter
  • privacy issues
  • access to documents filed in court proceedings
  • secrecy legislation.


Author profile

David Williams CTA-Life
David Williams, CTA (Life) is a Strategic Adviser in relation to taxation matters operating principally in Sydney. He has been involved in taxation, death duty and estate planning matters for over 45 years, the last 15 as a sole practitioner and prior to that as a partner at an international law firm. He drafted his first will in 1968 and his most recent last week with quite a few in between. During that time he has written and presented extensively on a wide range of subject matter. David was the President of The Tax Institute in 2010. - Current at 19 September 2018
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Updates on investment opportunities in China

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The increasing role of the OECD in setting tax policy

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Emerging trends in international tax

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Recent developments in transfer pricing

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