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Demystifying taxation treatment of franchising presentation


More and more businesses are taking advantage of the mutual benefits that are available with franchise arrangements. The franchisor is provided with an avenue to grow its business whilst the franchisee has immediate access to the trade name, operating systems and reputation of the franchisor. This presentation demystifies franchises and considers many of the common tax and structuring issues associated with them. Topics covered include:

  • what is a franchise?
  • overview of regulatory framework for franchises
  • when is a franchise arrangement appropriate?
  • structuring issues for franchisors and franchisees
  • taxation treatment of:
    • upfront franchise fees
    • ongoing franchise fees
    • other fees and costs (marketing, fit outs etc)
  • Intellectual property and goodwill issues
  • Tax issues on sale, termination and expiry.

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Benjamin Wilson CTA
Ben Wilson, CTA, is a partner with CCK Lawyers. He has a wide range of experience in corporate and commercial transactions and in advising clients on estate planning and business succession planning issues. He acts for high net wealth individuals, family groups and large corporate entities with businesses in a range of industries. - Current at 08 July 2019
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