Hall & Wilcox is a leading Tax Law Firm in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2017, and ranked in the tax practice area in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020.
The Hall & Wilcox Tax team provides clients with innovative tax structuring, advisory and dispute management services that are independent and cost effective. We assist clients across the full spectrum of tax regimes, including income tax, international tax, thin capitalisation, tax consolidation, capital gains tax, transfer pricing, stamp duty, GST and other Federal and State taxes. We advise on standalone tax issues, as well as part of a multidisciplinary team working on M&A transactions, tax disputes and other major projects.
Our team has been involved in major corporate restructuring, M&A transactions including domestic, inbound and outbound investment, and tax due diligence. We work both as part of the M&A team, or can provide this as an independent advisor in a transaction.
Our specialist tax dispute management and resolution practice has strong credentials in dealing with revenue authorities in taxation disputes, from managing risk reviews, audits, negotiating settlements and appeals in the State and Federal courts, through to the High Court of Australia.
We have the depth of experience and commercial approach to simplify complex legal issues. Our team bring to the table expertise from legal practices and large accounting firms, as well as ongoing participation in industry and tax professional associations where we are invited to participate in consultation and present on current and proposed legislation and rulings.
- Advising on the tax implications relating to the restructure of the Australian operations of a global manufacturer, and the potential application of the anti-avoidance provisions.
- Advising on the tax implications associated with the acquisition of an insurance company and the potential application of the anti-avoidance provisions.
- Advising on the tax and trust law issues arising in establishing a syndicated arrangement supporting a finance company.
- Advising on the effectiveness of trust distributions by a large retail group.
- Advising on the tax issues arising from the reorganisation of the Australian operations of a German diversified group relocating its manufacturing operations offshore.
- Advising on the trust law implications associated with executing a gas abandonment deed.
- Reviewing and advising on the income tax issues associated with the financing strategies of a large multinational retailer and its associates.
- Advising on the buy out of a major shareholder of a large private investment group, including preservation of the group’s tax losses.
- Advising a large multinational fund manager on the income tax issues for the fund manager and investors of investing in capital protected products.
- Structuring the sale of numerous businesses to permit the vendors’ access to available CGT concessions while giving the purchaser a new, clean acquisition vehicle.
- Advising on the use of selective share buy backs, as an alternative to a share sale, when retiring shareholders from corporate groups.
- Advising on the roll-up of numerous financial planning businesses to a large “consolidator” of such businesses.
Tax| 17 Dec 2020
The Full Federal Court in Commissioner of Taxation v Healius Ltd  FCAFC 173 has overturned the Federal Court’s decision, determining that $158 million worth of lump sum payments made to medical practitioners were capital in nature and unable to be deducted.
Private Clients| 19 Nov 2020
As 2020 nears to a close, advisors should note the impending 31 December deadline in NSW to exclude foreign persons as beneficiaries of discretionary trusts, to prevent these trusts from becoming foreign persons for the purposes of surcharge duty and land tax.
Tax & Superannuation| 13 Nov 2020
In this issue, we cover the latest tax residency case of Gurney and CoT and guidance materials released by the ATO in relation to GST, transaction accounts and Australia’s international tax treaties. We also cover draft legislation to implement the first stage of the government’s proposed reforms to Deductible Gift Recipients.
Tax| 15 Oct 2020
Not a lot of thought is often given to the tax consequences, if any, of compensation payments following the Banking Royal Commission and the Hayne Report, even now that we are two years on from the Commission.