Private Groups and Trusts under ATO scrutiny

The ATO in Australia continues to target privately owned and wealthy groups, with specific focus on groups with risky trust structures that exhibit characteristics of tax avoidance or evasion. Read more

Corporate tax rate cut – passive income exclusion

As part of the Australian Government’s Enterprise Tax Plan, the corporate tax rate has been reduced to 27.5 per cent for entities that satisfy the annual turnover threshold requirement, which applies progressively from $10 million in the 2016-17 income year to $50 million in the 2018-19 income year. The Government released for consultation on 18 … Read more

A severe case of the penalties

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has handed down its decision in Peter Sleiman Investments Pty Limited as Trustee for The Sleiman Family Trust and Commissioner of Taxation (Taxation) [2017] AATA 999 (Sleiman). The decision is a timely reminder of the various powers that the Commissioner has to impose penalties on taxpayers. The case involved the … Read more

Is a register of beneficial ownership of companies coming?

As part of the global transparency push, the G20 has committed to implement rules requiring the disclosure of beneficial ownership of legal entities (in addition to automatic exchange of financial account information and the BEPS related transparency measures). On 13 February 2017, Treasury released a consultation paper dealing with part of this agenda – to … Read more

Hong Kong Court refused to make a grant of administration ad colligenda bona for lack of special circumstances and special justification

In Re Oung Chi Lian Fang (HCMP2347/2015), the Hong Kong High Court refused an ex parte application for a grant of administration ad colligenda bona under s.36 of the Probate and Administration Ordinance. Introduction Ad colligenda bona grants are temporary limited grants for administration of deceased estates.  They are made in emergencies, when there is … Read more