Tax Controversy

We Must Pay the Right Amount of Tax

In our modern society, taxes pay for many of the privileges and rights we accept as part of being citizens. All tax payers must pay the correct amount of tax. Tax authorities are mandated to level the playing field, and collect the correct amount of taxes from tax payers.
Tax payers have no obligation to pay more tax then required by law. To minimise your tax in a lawful and ethical manner is not only a good thing, it is fundamental to your long term success. If a tax payer disagrees with the tax authorities opinion or interpretation of tax legislation, the parties may be in dispute. At any time in business life, a tax controversy can occur between a tax payer and an authority as to what is the correct amount of tax payable. A dispute with a federal or state tax authority can interfere with your long term growth, diminish your wealth and requires expert speedy resolution.

Tax Laws

Tax law is big, complex, abstract and controversial. Tax legislation around a business keeps changing constantly, and failure to keep up can land you in a tax controversy. Besides high-net-worth individuals, this type of dispute can affect multinational corporations, limited liability companies, trusts privately owned companies, partnerships, and estates.

Types of Tax Controversy

There are a wide variety of tax issues that arise in trade and commerce.

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Being Ready for a Tax Dispute

Firstly you must have the right team. You need the right team of lawyers and accountants that not only work well together, but provide you with precise, expert tax knowledge and representation. Additionally, you need professional advisors who are not afraid of tackling the David & Goliath scenario that tax controversy inevitably creates, whilst at the same time maintain good relations with the authority.

Pillar 1:
The Right Team

Firstly you must have the right team. You need the right team of lawyers and accountants that not only work well together, but provide you with precise, expert tax knowledge and representation. Additionally, you need professional advisors who are not afraid of tackling the David & Goliath scenario that tax controversy inevitably creates, whilst at the same time maintain good relations with the authority.

Pillar 2:
The Big Picture

Secondly, you problem must be resolved in the context of the bigger picture. You need an expert lawyer who can see the big picture and understands your tax problem in the context of your business, your long term goals and the market.

Pillar 3:
Attention to Detail

Thirdly, you need accurate and razor sharp attention to detail. You need a tax lawyer with the skill to understand and interpret the specific tax legislation and how it applies to you, your product or services. The lawyer must ultimately deliver submissions of the tax payer’s position persuasively, firmly and methodically.

Pillar 4:
The Right Team

At the helm of the ship must be a commercial tax litigator with the personality, skill and methodology to navigate your case from the stormy waters of a dispute to the safe harbour of resolution.

Tax Controversy Resolution

When it comes to tax controversy dispute resolution, there are different options available at different stages in a conflict. Notably, all government authorities are meant to be “model litigants” and conduct themselves in accordance with a policy declared by the Attorney general. This does not mean that authorities necessary behave like model litigants. There are many instances where authorities need to be dealt with firmly and aggressively. Other times, authorities need to be managed with velvet gloves.

Tax Litigation

I have come across some complex tax controversy disputes which can only be solved through a civil tax litigation. Where representation is required in court or before a tribunal, I do my best help my clients defend their positions before the AAT (Administrative Appeals Tribunal), Federal Court and High Court. My responsibility to you, within the corporate governance framework, is to prevent tax controversy and maintain good standings with revenue authorities.
The cost of solving cases through the court can expensive for all parties. If you are looking for a timely and cost-effective solution, then I will help you determine an effective alternative approach at that time. Contacting me in the early stages of the dispute will save you time and your valuable resources, which can be put to good use in facilitating your business activities.

My Tax Controversy Expertise

I guide companies in all tax controversies and advise how they can effectively manage all activities required for them to resolve their tax issues. You can get the following services from me:
I always take a commercial law approach when providing practical advice and solutions on tax controversy, which can be in the form of business transactions, restructuring or compliance and health checks.
If the issue develops into litigation a more proactive, evidence-based strategy is required to resolve disputes over federal and state customs and taxes. When I get involved in a client’s tax controversy’s case, their chances of getting the best outcome increases dramatically. My connection capabilities give me access to a network of expert auditors, risk managers and any relevant professionals in commercial tax law. As I work on your case, you can continue running your business rest assured that the matter will be resolved amicably. When I take over a tax controversy dispute, clients get real-time updates on the outcomes of the proceedings.
The clients I work with have managed to maintain high quality governance across their tax affairs. This is possible because I closely follow commercial legislative and regulatory developments. I can quick identify how the current legislation changes will impact your business. When I get involved in solving a client’s tax dispute, your chance of winning the case increases.

Act Promptly

You do not have to wait until your dispute becomes overwhelming. As soon as you start having problems with the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) you should contact me, the earlier you reach out the better. If you need more information on how to resolve matter to do with tax controversy through commercial law, do not hesitate to call me. I will be more than happy to share what you wish know.
In this case, you will need good legal advice to maintain a good relationship with revenue authority. You can make good use of my knowledge and experience in tax litigation to win your case. What’s more is that you will get insight of into how the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) deals tax controversies and other related disputes.

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