The State Taxation Minefield – Avoiding the Explosion

With The State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2019 coming into play on 1 July 2019, we spoke with State Taxes expert Simon Tisher, CTA, Victorian Bar, ahead of his Melbourne and Geelong July Breakfast Club presentations on The State Taxation Minefield – Avoiding the Explosion.

There are few people more qualified to speak on the topic, than Simon Tisher, CTA, Victorian Bar.

A Barrister at the Victorian Bar since 2003, Simon practices predominantly in state and federal taxation, and other areas related to taxation including superannuation, insolvency and professional indemnity claims (commonly involving tax advice).  He appears for and against the ATO, led and unled by Senior Counsel and has been the Chair of the Tax Institute’s State Taxes Committee since 2016.

In Simon’s timely session, following the passing of The State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2019 in June 2019, he will discuss the impact of the Act passed in June 2019.

He says “This Act rewrites the economic entitlement provisions and expands the definition of “dutiable property” to essentially include an interest in fixtures.  I will discuss several recent cases in relation to the other topics I am covering’.”

Simon also shared with us that he thinks are the main blind spots with state taxation.

He says “the approach of the State Revenue Office in relation to certain transactions and claims for exemption.  Also, many taxpayers do not appreciate that they carry the onus of proof, or what is required to discharge that onus, when they litigate against the SRO.”

What can attendees take away from Simon’s session?

“Attendees will leave the session with a greater appreciation of how the State Revenue Office approaches transactions and claims for exemption and what to be on the lookout for” says Simon.

And ”Hopefully a greater appreciation of where the minefields are in state taxation – and how to avoid exploding them.”

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