Fiona Dillon, CTA is an Assistant Commissioner in the ATO’s Tax Counsel Network. At the 24th Noosa Tax Intensive in November, Fiona presents the session ‘ATO Hot Spots’.
As Senior Tax Counsel, Fiona has been the ATO’s technical lead on a range of advice, litigation, reform and law design matters across a number of specialisations including trusts and Div 7A, has contributed to the strategic leadership of the ATO’s public advice and guidance, and has been a longstanding member of the ATO’s Public Rulings Panel. Her session will provide an overview of the ATO’s view on some current hot spots, including Div 7A. We spoke to her about what to expect at the Intensive.
Fiona told us “Attendees will be given insights into the Commissioner’s dealings with private groups and what are the latest matters attracting the Commissioner’s attention.” With audience participation welcomed, her session will also touch on questions around Division 7A and trusts: Sub trust or complying loan?; what constitutes “evasion”?; and issues including trust reimbursement agreements; fixed trusts post-Colonial First State, and the treatment of trusts as being fixed trusts by the Commissioner; as well as how alternative dispute resolution is working in practice.
Looking at the rest of the program Fiona is interested in the session ‘Loans and UPEs – Do We Need a Company Bypass … Or Maybe Even a Trust Transplant?’ from Greg Travers, CTA (William Buck), as well as hearing from other leading practitioners on trusts, Div 7A, UPEs and more.
In her life outside of tax, Fiona tells us she enjoys “Socialising with friends, travelling as often as possible, and I can also be found at the AFL, particularly when Port Adelaide is in Melbourne.”
The 24th Noosa Tax Intensive takes place 10-11 November 2016 at the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort. Find out more about Fiona’s session, and the rest of the program here.