It seems like GST has barely been out of the headlines over the last 12 months.
From states and territories wanting a larger slice of the pie, to the recently implemented 'Netflix tax', what was supposed to be a fairly straightforward tax when it was introduced way back in 2000 remains complex both in practice and administration.
This year’s program will be delivered over two days and will feature some of Australia’s leading GST experts from the tax profession, industry and government.
Our keynote speaker is the Hon Justice Jennifer Davies of the Federal Court of Australia who will discuss whether it is still relevant to consider the GST a “practical business tax”.
In her address, Justice Davies will look at how Sterling Guardian Pty Limited v Commissioner of Taxation has influenced recent decisions on GST and whether this approach is still relevant today, given these cases.
1 July 2017 will see the biggest changes to the taxation of superannuation in
a decade come into effect.
Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Act 2016 was passed in
late 2016. Subsequent regulations have
been introduced to support the introduction of the Government’s reforms and the
ATO has finalised various compliance and law companion guidelines on the tax
and superannuation reforms. Peter Slegers, CTA, and Nicole Santinon, ATI, of Cowell Clarke are the authors of The Tax Institute’s new book title, SMSF Income Stream Guide. We spoke with Peter and Nicole about how
the changes will impact practitioners.
After 45 years in tax practice, and more than 40 years as a member of The Tax Institute, Tony Slater QC recently announced his retirement. I spoke with Tony about his illustrious career and asked his opinions about changes in the tax profession and in tax administration.
In the early 1970s, Tony was inspired to commence a career in tax when he completed an Arts/Law double degree at the University of Sydney. His tax lecturers, Ross Parsons and Tom Magney, were particularly encouraging. He then joined the firm of Greenwood Challoner & Co, Chartered Accountants, in 1972.
Although admitted as a Barrister to the Supreme Court of NSW in 1975, he continued as a Partner at Greenwoods until 1981, at which time he came to the NSW Bar. He was appointed as Queens Counsel (NSW) in 1992.
Changes in tax practice
I asked Tony about the most significant changes he has seen in the tax profession during his career.
“In practice, the biggest thing that changed was that, until the la…