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Who’d be an accountant? A review of the criminal penalty regime for taxation offences


In my practice I deal with accountants who have very little idea of the regulatory regime under which they practice, and the penalties attached to those practitioners who 'cross the line' when it comes to dealing with their clients' affairs. This lack of knowledge can have devastating consequences for seemingly innocuous acts undertaken by an accountancy professional, which are usually at the behest of, and for the benefit of a client. If you are an accountant, are you aware of the law?

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Arthur Athanasiou CTA-Life
Photo of author, Arthur ATHANASIOU Arthur Athanasiou CTA (Life) practises mainly in the area of taxation advisory, with an emphasis on dispute resolution, particularly in the SME sector, with both the ATO and the SRO. Arthur has many years experience in complex tax litigation and tax audit negotiations and settlements. He also has broad experience in the taxation of trusts and SME entities, with an emphasis on Div 7A and high wealth individuals and family groups. Arthur has qualified as a Chartered Accountant and also held senior taxation and management positions in the transport and motor vehicle industries. Arthur is a former President of The Tax Institute, has chaired the Law Institute’s Tax Law Advisory Committee for a decade and now serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the IPA-Deakin University SME Research Centre. Arthur is an Accredited Tax Law Specialist and a widely published writer on taxation issues. He regularly appears in the mainstream media and presents at tax seminars and discussion groups. - Current at 21 September 2018
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