WA Tax Intensive – Meet The Presenter: Professor Graeme Cooper, CTA

The second WA Tax Intensive, on 28-29 April, brings some of the country’s leading tax experts to deliver practical, workshop-led sessions to discuss real-world solutions to common client tax issues. 

One of Australia’s leading commentators on tax law and policy, Professor Graeme Cooper, CTA, will present an informative workshop on Part IVA on day two of the Intensive. We spoke to Graeme about what to expect from his session. 

‘Part IVA might look incomprehensible,’ Graeme told us, ‘but there are a few critical points in the regime where the courts have told us what the rules mean and what they allow the ATO to do and not to do. People need to know that if they are trying to advise clients up front, or if the ATO unexpectedly comes knocking’ he said.

During the three hour workshop, Graeme will discuss when and how Part IVA can interfere with restructuring a client’s business affairs, and how to redeem the situation if a Part IVA line has been crossed. 

Graeme will bring his insight as a Professor of Taxation Law at the University of Sydney and from 20 years in practice with Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, not to mention his work on projects for the Board of Taxation, ATO, Treasury, National Audit Office, and the OECD in France, the IMF and the World Bank.

Graeme feels ‘It is especially important to have a good grasp because the text of Part IVA is easy to misunderstand. I see this a lot; people take the text at face value when the courts have told us repeatedly the text means something else entirely.’

In Graeme’s session and workshop, restructuring issues and significant transactions are examined in a practical format, with case studies and a panel synopsis to further illuminate the issues. 

The workshop facilitators are Dale Pinto, CTA-Life, of Curtin University, Nick Heggart, CTA, Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, Helen Hodgson, CTA, Curtin University and Richard Norton, CTA, Norton & Smailes.

The second annual WA Tax Intensive also features David Marschke, CTA, of Mills OakleyLawyers, looking at Restructuring Opportunities and Ron Jorgensen, CTA, RigbyCooke Lawyers, on Managing Trust Deed Amendments, as well as our Keynote Address; Disruptive Ethics, by Professor Derek Parkin, OAM, University of Notre Dame Australia.

Join us at the Novotel Vines Swan Valley Resort, 28 - 29 April 2016. Find out more.

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