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ATO and KPMG on the Australian tax landscape

ATO and KPMG on the Australian tax landscape

Presented at KPMG's Global Sovereign Wealth and Pension Funds Tax Conference in September 2018, this video is an interview with Jeremy Hirschhorn, ATO and Brendon Lamers, KPMG, on Australia’s rocky tax landscape and how the ATO is managing data, investments and stapled structures.


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In this 26 minute video, we hear from Jeremy Hirschhorn, Deputy Commissioner, Public Groups and International at the Australian Taxation Office and Brendon Lamers, National Leader, Deal Advisory – Tax, KPMG on a variety of topics around the Australian tax landscape including:

  • ATO’s focus on large businesses and investment into Australia.
  • How Australia’s tax rate, reliance on in-bound capital and trading economy make Australia’s tax setting unique.
  • ATO’s reflections on stapled structures and sovereign immunity.
  • How Australia’s 30 year old General Anti-avoidance rule applies to stapled structures.
  • How the ATO is focusing on a better, more sophisticated way to analyse the data sets the ATO currently has.
  • How the ATO, the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and the Treasurer work together to determine if a large investment is within the national interest.
  • When the ATO tries to resolve tax issues and when there is a need to pursue tax disputes.
  • KPMG’s perspective on the Australian tax landscape.


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