NTLG June 2019 Key Messages – Commissioner’s Remedial Power not working as intended; ATO panels; Environmental Scan; IGT’s report on the ‘Future of the Tax Profession’; ATO engaging with taxpayers

On 22 August 2019, the ATO posted it’s summary of ‘Key Messages’ from its June 2019 ‘National Tax Liaison Group’ (NTLG) meeting, covering the various matters above. Amongst these was an item about whether the ‘Commissioner’s Remedial Power’ is working as it should (not enough referrals getting through). See below for details about the Remedial…

LIV opposes, as misconceived, the ATO’s proposal to make Vic & NSW Lawyers report, to their regulator, conduct that offends (or might offend) the ‘Promotor Penalty Provisions, under changes they suggest, in Legal Profession Uniform Law

On 22 August 2019, the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) also made submissions, to the Legal Services Council, opposing the ATO’s 25.6.19 proposal, to amend the Legal Services Uniform Law and General Rules so that they would endanger lawyers’ livelihood, if there were conduct which would, or might, offend the prohibitions in the so called…

NZ Commr of Inland Revenue fails in Supreme Court Appeal against a decision enforcing her to deliver information to the Korean National Taxation Service under the NZ-Korea Double Tax Agreement

The New Zealand Supreme Court (NZSC), as the ultimate NZ appellate court, has dismissed the Commissioner of Inland Revenue’s application to appeal from the decision of the NZ Court of Appeal (NZCA) in Commissioner of Inland Revenue v Chatfield & Co Limited [2019] NZCA 73. See below for further detail. FJM 31.8.19 [Tax Month – August 2019]…

Law Council of Australia’s submissions opposing the ATO’s proposal to change the Legal Profession Uniform Law and Rules to make any actual or potential ‘Promoter Penalty’ conduct a ‘show cause event’ threatening the lawyers ‘practising certificate’

On 29 August 2019, the Law Council of Australia (LCA) made submissions opposing the ATO’s  25.6.19 proposal, to change the Legal Profession Uniform Law and General Rules, to require lawyers to report any ‘Promoter Penalty’ conduct, to their local (Vic or NSW) regulator, when applying for, or renewing, a practising certificate and as a reportable…

Tax Haven complications – ‘Panama’ and ‘Paradise’ Papers – CFC, MAAL, DPT, DTA, MLI and Part IVA (as the great John McEnroe used to say: ‘are you serious?’)

The Tax Institute’s weekly email on 30.8.19: TaxVine, Professor Bob Deutsch included his Senior Tax Counsel’s Report, entitled ‘Using tax havens – the not so bad, the bad and the downright ugly!’ And, in a similar vein, see a related Tax Technical article on the ICIJ’s latest revelation: the ‘Mauritius Leaks’. See below for further…

Inquiry into the performance of the Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT) – Law Council of Australia (LCA) Submission to the Senate Committee

The  Taxation Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (the Committee) made submissions to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee on the performance of the IGT, by way of letter dated 30 August 2019. See below for the terms of reference and the LCa summary of the submissions and the submissions verbatim.…

PCG 2019/D3 – Thin cap: ATO ‘practical compliance guide’ to using the ‘arm’s length debt test’ – what is the ‘low risk’ approach to this high risk Div 820 approach?

On 28.8.19, the ATO has issued Draft Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2019/D3 to provide detailed guidance and a risk assessment framework on applying the the arm’s length debt test in the thin capitalisation rules. This followed the earlier release of Draft Ruling TR 2019/D2 on this test (titled: Income tax: thin capitalisation – the arm’s length debt test – on 5.4.19).…

Small Business Ombudsman is investigating the Government clawing back millions in R&D claims from small business (ATO offends Kate Carnell again)

On 28 August 2019, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman: Kate Carnell put out a media release saying she is concerned by reports the government (the ATO) has clawed back $200 million, in the 2018 financial year, from businesses who have claimed the R&D Tax Incentive and has been investigating the impact of…