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“… mere contractual analysis”: GST and the Ten Commandments

Published on 01 Oct 13 by "THE TAX SPECIALIST" JOURNAL ARTICLE

It is uncontroversial that characterisation of supplies for GST purposes “is not always answered by mere contractual analysis and must be addressed having regard to the substance, purpose and commercial reality of the transactions”. Contractual analysis, however, is undeniably the first step in that process. The core principles in this challenging area, collected as “Ten Commandments”, are discussed by reference to leading cases, views of commentators and contemporary illustrations. Application of these principles in GST supply litigation situations, including Qantas and AP Group, is then discussed, with particular attention being paid to supplies under special rules within the GST law and tripartite arrangements.

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Gordon Brysland
Gordon Brysland, joined the ATO in 2011 as an Assistant Commissioner where he provides technical leadership on significant GST issues. He was previously a GST specialist at AGS, and before that spent 13 years in private practice (mainly in indirect tax areas). He holds degrees in law (honours) and economics, and has published extensively in tax and related public law areas. Current at 30 September 2015 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Gordon BRYSLAND.
 
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