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Asset Protection presentation

Published on 21 May 04 by NEW SOUTH WALES DIVISION, THE TAX INSTITUTE

The Commonwealth Government has signalled its intention to change bankruptcy laws to penetrate trusts, companies and other entities which shelter assets of high net wealth individuals. Accounting and legal professionals are directly in the Government's sights. The proposed measures will adopt a Family Court style look through approach ignoring form and accessing those assets that a bankrupt would have recourse to on a notional divorce.

This paper covers:
- the relevant rules of bankruptcy
- financial risk planning
- why discretionary trusts work
- the Family Court look through approach.

This presentation has been slightly updated since it was first presented by Ken Schurgott at the Asset Protection: Structuring for Asset Protection for High Risk Professionals seminar held in Sydney on 3 July 2003. Ken also presented it on 6 March 2004 at the North Queensland Tax Convention held in Townsville and at the Asset Protection for Tax Practitioners seminars held in Sydney on 7 September 2004 and Parramatta on 9 September 2004.

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Kenneth Schurgott CTA-Life
Ken Schurgott, CTA-Life is a Solicitor - Director of Schurgott & Co Lawyers specialising in taxation matters (including State Taxes, stamp duty, payroll tax and land tax) and with extensive experience in business structuring, business sales and acquisitions, asset protection, succession planning and trust and estate law. Ken is very experienced in tax dispute matters, negotiations for settlements, mediations and conciliations and litigation. He regularly appears before the AAT and NCAT and instructs counsel in matters before the Courts. Ken has been heavily involved in consultations with the ATO and Treasury on matters involving trusts including the inter-relation with Division 7A. He was National President of The Tax Institute in 2012. - Current at 17 October 2017
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