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Tax transparency in Australia: cutting through the BEPS noise


Given the importance of the OECD’s current Action plan on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), it is timely for Australian businesses and their advisers to consider what their own action plan should be. Australia has taken a leading role in legislating against base erosion, profit shifting and multinational tax avoidance. Common themes in reacting to such measures are that systems, processes and policies need to be reviewed in light of the changing tax transparency world, and reputational risk must be part of any tax risk management discussion.

International related party dealings involving Australia are likely to be the subject of ATO and public scrutiny, and senior management and boards of Australian operations must prepare for this increased scrutiny. This article considers various BEPS-related issues, including new global tax disclosure rules, master and local files, and country-by-country reporting. The article concludes with a brief discussion on the management of reputational risk.

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Jerome Tse CTA
Photo of author, Jerome TSE Jerome Tse, CTA, is a Partner at King & Wood Mallesons, specialising in taxation disputes and litigation. Jerome is also the firm’s global transfer pricing coordinator. Jerome is an experienced tax practitioner and has been involved in a number of Australia’s recent high profile tax cases. He is the current Vice President of the Tax Institute. - Current at 04 May 2021
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Catherine Krol
Catherine is a Senior Associate with King & Wood Mallesons. - Current at 01 July 2015


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