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Coping with the cross-border attack: The MAAL and more


Australia’s multinational anti-avoidance law (MAAL) was introduced to “counter the erosion of the Australian tax base by multinational entities”. This article explores the nature of Australia’s attack on the cross-border transactions of multinational enterprises (MNEs) under the MAAL. It explains the key relevant statutory provisions of the MAAL and where this law sits in relation to the broader international tax framework which the government has committed to shape. It explores how MNEs may be similarly impacted by the new diverted profits tax measures, which was recently introduced into parliament and will commence on 1 July 2017. It describes a field of study which can help explain how and why the ATO has announced that it is reviewing many more taxpayers than were initially described by the government as targets of the law.

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Peter Collins FTI
Peter Collins, FTI, is a Partner at PwC with 25 years experience as a specialist in global tax, assisting foreign investors structuring their Australian investments and Australian corporates expanding offshore. He works with the firm’s global tax network to develop solutions for clients and is a member of the International Tax executive, which allows him to provide a unique global perspective. He is a consultant to Treasury in relation to tax reform in the areas of international tax and transfer pricing, including the MAAL/DPT and a member of the Treasury’s BEPS Tax Advisory Group. Peter was heavily involved in the rewrite of the Australian transfer pricing rules; he appeared before the Senate Estimates Committee to object to the retrospective application of those rules to US companies. He represented PwC before the Senate inquiry in relation to corporate tax avoidance by multinational companies. - Current at 01 November 2018
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Greg Weickhardt
Greg is a PwC Global Tax Partner specialising in advising multinational businesses on the implementation of value chain transformation projects, with a focus on aligning legal and transfer pricing arrangements with business operating models. Greg has previously worked in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Most recently Greg has provided assistance to multinational companies engaging with the ATO in relation to the application of the Australian Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law. - Current at 14 July 2016


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