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2015 case review: High ATO success rate continues

Published on 01 May 16 by "TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA" JOURNAL ARTICLE

This article provides an analysis of the success rate for tax cases in the Federal Court, the Full Federal Court and the High Court in 2015 compared with the previous four years. It shows that the ATO was an extremely successful litigant in 2015 and has significantly improved performance over the past five years. The trend line demonstrates the benefits of the ATO’s case selection process (including determining the cases it settles) and its case management. This article also provides a summary of some of the important tax judgments from the Federal Court, the Full Federal Court and the High Court from January 2015 to the end of December 2015. A summary of a small number of key cases, particularly those affecting the financial services industry, is also included.

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Nick Batten
Nick is a Lawyer with MinterEllison, Melbourne. - Current at 12 May 2016
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Nathan Krapivensky
Nathan is a Lawyer with MinterEllison. - Current at 23 March 2016
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Hilary Taylor
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Joanne Dunne CTA
Photo of author, Joanne DUNNE Joanne Dunne CTA is a Director at PwC, Melbourne. She is a former tax partner at law firms in both Australia and New Zealand. She has more than 20 years' tax experience in general income tax, corporate tax, international tax and tax controversy. She is recognised as a leading tax lawyer by a number of independent legal guides including Doyles Guide, and is a member of a wide range of professional organisations, including acting as co-chair of the Tax Institute's Tax Disputes Committee. - Current at 31 May 2017
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