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Legislating the accountants’ concession: considering the UK and the US experience

Published on 01 Aug 11 by "TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA" JOURNAL ARTICLE

The Australian position in relation to the current administrative concession that is known as the accountants' concession (relating to tax advice from accountants) is out of step with many other jurisdictions.

In the July 2011 issue of Taxation in Australia, Joanne Dunne examined the Australian and New Zealand positions, and considered the proposals in a discussion paper issued in April 2011. In this article, the authors consider the position in relation to the protection of tax advice provided by accounting professionals in the United Kingdom and the United States. The relevant legislation, case law and commentary regarding the positions in both of these jurisdictions suggest that there are a number of areas which would require particular consideration in the development of reform in Australia if the UK or the US rules are contemplated as a base for Australian reform.

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Elissa Romanin
Elissa is a Lawyer with Minter Ellison. - Current at 23 January 2014
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Joanne Dunne CTA
Photo of author, Joanne DUNNE Joanne Dunne CTA is a Director at PwC, Melbourne. She is a former tax partner at law firms in both Australia and New Zealand. She has more than 20 years' tax experience in general income tax, corporate tax, international tax and tax controversy. She is recognised as a leading tax lawyer by a number of independent legal guides including Doyles Guide, and is a member of a wide range of professional organisations, including acting as co-chair of the Tax Institute's Tax Disputes Committee. - Current at 31 May 2017
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