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

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

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
Arthur, a partner at Thomson Geer Lawyers, has many years experience in complex tax litigation and tax audit negotiations and settlements. Arthur’s main area of practice is taxation advisory, with an emphasis on dispute resolution, particularly in the SME sector, with both the ATO and the SRO. 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 extensive experience in all areas of direct and indirect taxation and has qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has also held senior taxation and management positions in the transport and motor vehicle industries, with specialist experience in logistics, supply chain, chain of responsibility and contract warehousing. Arthur is the President of The Tax Institute as well as a State Councillor, and also chairs the Law Institute’s Tax Law Advisory Committee. 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. Arthur has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2015 as a recommended tax lawyer in Victoria. Current at 18 August 2016 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Arthur ATHANASIOU.
 
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