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Ashes to ashes ...the Phoenix no longer rises

Published on 01 Sep 12 by "TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA" JOURNAL ARTICLE

The term “phoenix activity” describes the occurrence of a company accumulating debts and then being placed into voluntary administration or liquidation in order to avoid paying those debts. The controlling entities behind the business then form a new company through which the business re-emerges, debt-free. Measures have been introduced to enforce compliance with tax and superannuation obligations owed by entities that had engaged in phoenix activity. The measures are particularly aimed at the building and construction industry. However, many of the new measures will apply equally to all businesses.

The ATO has also introduced new tools to help businesses make the right decisions in meeting their tax and superannuation obligations. This article examines these new initiatives, with particular focus on changes to the director penalty regime, new reporting requirements in the building and construction industry, and other legislative changes, including changes to corporations law.

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Arthur ATHANASIOU

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