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Legislative reforms in the property sector paper


This paper covers:

  • vacancy taxes and absentee owner surcharge
  • stamp duty — concessions and surcharges
  • FRCGW regime — changes from 1 July 2017
  • new GST property withholding regime
  • MRE changes for non-residents.

Author profiles

Robyn Jacobson CTA
Robyn is the Senior Advocate at The Tax Institute. She has nearly three decades in the profession, including a public practice background which preceded her various training roles over 23 years. Robyn continues to be a regular conference and webinar presenter, and is an avid advocate, social media commentator, columnist, blogger and podcaster. She is also regularly quoted in the media. Robyn is a Fellow of both CA ANZ and CPA Australia, and a Registered Tax Agent. She regularly consults with The Treasury, ATO and professional bodies including as a member of the ATO’s Tax Practitioner Stewardship Group. Robyn was recognised in the Women In Finance Awards 2019 as the Winner of Thought Leader of the Year and was named in the global Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019. She was also recognised in the Australian Accounting Awards 2020 as the Winner of both Thought Leader of the Year and the Accountants Daily Excellence Award. - Current at 14 September 2020
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James Christodoulakis
James is a partner in the property and development group at Madgwicks. James is an experienced property lawyer and advises on matters ranging from property acquisitions and due diligence, property development and structuring, large-scale project work and leasing. For more than 12 years, James has represented a diverse range of clients, which have included high net worth private individuals and family businesses to some of the largest corporations in the country. James has also acted for a number of government and statutory authorities, including Melbourne City Council and the ATO, and has acted for one of the world’s largest restaurant chains on a diverse range of property matters, including purchasing, development and leasing of property. James’ work requires an extensive knowledge of property taxes and he is regularly called upon to advise clients on how their business or project will be impacted by the state and federal tax regimes. Additionally, James has advised financiers of various levels when financing and taking security over development sites, and as a result is well equipped to flag potential issues for his developer clients at an early stage in the development life cycle. - Current at 14 November 2018


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