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2021 Queensland Tax Forum

Published on 27 May 2021 | Took place at Stamford Plaza, Brisbane, QLD

This event began with an outlook of the current economic environment and what this means for the re-emerging world. There was also thought provoking discussions with our expert commentators Robyn Jacobson, CTA, Dr David Morrison, CTA, Mark Robertson QC, CTA, Linda Tapiolas, CTA and John Ioannou, CTA, on the design and effectiveness of the CGT rollovers following the Board of Taxation’s review.

The 2021 program has been unapologetically designed to focus on expert-led technical sessions that provided participants with the practical insights and skills to navigate the changing tax landscape in the re-emerging world. With sessions covering topical issues surrounding trusts, intellectual property, superannuation, M&A, and capital management, as well as a plenary session delivered by Jeremy Geale, CTA, and Ali Noroozi, FTI, on the evolution of taxpayer engagement with the ATO, the Queensland Tax Forum set the scene for the next decade of tax.

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Individual sessions

Intangibles in the spotlight - Cross border tax issues

Author(s):  Tim Heberden,  Jacques Van Rhyn

This paper covers practical insights into the requirements of Chapter VI of the OECD TP Guidelines when dealing with Intangibles and the Australian Taxation Office’s guidance when transacting on a cross-border basis with related parties.

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Hybrids – Lessons learnt and responses

Author(s):  Michael CHANG

This presentation covers:

  • Briefly recap on the broad strokes of the rules;
  • Consider issues that have emerged as taxpayers have grappled with their application
  • Consider the question as to what a taxpayer should do where it is identified that the rules have application.
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Topical issues affecting cross-border capital management

Author(s):  Kevin GRIFFITHS,  Catherine Parkinson

This paper covers a technical summary of key topical tax issues affecting capital structures, including perspectives on current approaches and future trends in responding to these issues.

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GST assurance reviews

Author(s):  Nicole Brown,  Anika Reside,  Tony WINDLE

This paper covers:

  • An overview of the GST aspect of the CAR program and the GST SAR program and how to prepare for a review
  • Analytics being undertaken by the ATO in respect of GST, including the GST analytical tool (GAT)
  • Common technical positions arising as part of the GST SAR program.
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Reflections on COVID relief measures

Author(s):  Alison Feather,  Katrina Piva

This paper covers:

  • An overview of the Instant Asset Write Off and loss carry back measures
  • Technical and practical issues arising from the implementation of the measures.
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Recruiting and retaining top talent

Author(s):  Aaron Dahl,  Melinda Peters

This paper covers a practical look at the key issues which arise when employee equity incentive arrangements are implemented by private companies.


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Managing uncertainty in a transparent environment

Author(s):  Andrew Jones

This presentation covers an overview of recent taxpayer alerts, draft tax determinations, ATO public guidance and consultation papers, and various tax law amendments proposed or announced by Treasury.

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Corporate M&A in a post-pandemic world

Author(s):  Nicholas Allen-Waters,  Evan Last

This paper covers an update of topical issues relevant to corporates engaging in M&A transactions as the global economy begins the road to post-pandemic recovery and will draw on practical examples of managing related opportunities and risks during a transaction process.

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What happens where the intended use of property changes?

Author(s):  Sian Sinclair

This paper covers:

  • Income tax consequences arising from a change of purpose or intention
  • Starting or ceasing to hold property as trading stock
  • Main residence issues and
  • GST consequences, including adjustments. 
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Cases update – staying informed

Author(s):  Emily Falcke,  Chris Stewart,  Lauren Markopoulos,  Anthony Martin

This paper covers a highlight the significant federal tax case law from the past year including Glencore, Healius and others.

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Outbound investment issues

Author(s):  Paul Mills

This paper covers:

  • Tax residency for foreign subsidiaries
  • Controlled foreign company (CFC) rules
  • Repatriation – taxation of dividends, conduit foreign income, withholding taxes
  • Foreign hybrid and anti-hybrid rules
  • Disposal – active foreign business assets percentage (AFBAP).
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