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Q&A: Co-operatives and Non-profits denied application of mutuality principle

Published on 01 Oct 04 by "TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA" JOURNAL ARTICLE

The recent Full Federal Court case of Coleambally Irrigation Mutual Co-operative Ltd v FCT brings into question the ability of co-operatives and other non-profits that have standard winding up clauses preventing distribution to members to utilise the mutuality principle to reduce their tax liability.

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Michael Parker CTA
Photo of author, Michael PARKER Michael Parker, CTA, is a Partner in the taxation section of Hall & Wilcox Lawyers. His practice focuses on tax disputes, domestic income tax issues including CGT and Division 7A, business sales, acquisitions and restructures and GST. Michael has extensive experience handling a broad range of taxpayer disputes, including disputes concerning the Small Business CGT Concessions, having acted for the taxpayers in White v FCT [2009] FCA 880, White v FCT [2012] FCA 109 and Altnot v FCT [2013] AATA 140, among other cases. Michael regularly consults to the Board of Taxation and Treasury including in respect of Division 7A, small business impediments and the small business CGT Concessions. He is a regular presenter for The Tax Institute. - Current at 26 October 2017
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Jerome Tse CTA
Photo of author, Jerome TSE Jerome is a Partner at King & Wood Mallesons, specialising in taxation disputes and litigation. Jerome advises corporate taxpayers on all aspects of Australian tax disputes from the audit and independent review stage through to High Court litigation. He also guides clients through alternative dispute resolution processes, advance pricing agreements and mutual agreement procedures. - Current at 25 October 2017
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Mark Payne
Mark is a Partner in HWL Ebsworth’s Taxation group. Mark provides advice to Australian and international clients on a broad range of taxation, superannuation and financial services-related areas with a particular emphasis on SMSFs. - Current at 02 June 2015
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