Indirect Taxation - Australia

We‘ll help you stay one step ahead

Being subject to political and state-based nuances, Australia’s indirect tax regimes are constantly morphing. These changes impact taxpayers in a broad range of industries in terms of their cash flow, tax liabilities and compliance complexities.

To help you plan for these changes, accurately forecast business expenses, prevent double taxation and avoid tax audits, we offer full-service indirect tax advisory expertise.

This is packaged with dispute resolution capability, allowing you respond quickly and minimise your risk of exposure to additional interest, penalties and charges, and litigation.

Our indirect tax law expertise covers:

  • Indirect taxation on all kinds of transaction, including cross-border supply of goods and services
  • Business Tax
  • Goods and Services Tax (“GST”)
  • Stamp duty
  • Customs and Excise taxation
  • Structuring to avoid double taxation and to minimise tax exposure
  • Indirect taxation export refunds
  • Indirect taxation exemption applications
  • Real property related taxation.

Extensive experience in indirect taxation

Our recent experience in indirect taxation includes advising China Merchants and Australia’s Hastings Funds Management – the winning consortium – on the privatisation of the Port of Newcastle, the largest coal export port in the world. Our role involved drafting transaction documents with a key focus on mitigating any double duty risk, advising on the preferred acquisition structure and providing ongoing stamp duty and GST assistance post-acquisition.

We also provided specialist advisory services on the Australian stamp duty implications of the all-share merger of Glencore International plc and Xstrata plc. This transaction created the world’s fourth-largest global diversified natural resources company (with a combined equity market value of approximately US$90 billion) and a unique business model, fully integrated along the value chain.

We have a full team specialising in this area.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

On 25 June 2021 the Australian Taxation Office released its draft ruling Income tax: royalties – character of receipts in respect of software (TR 2021/D4).

16 July 2021

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24 May 2021

The Full Federal Court handed down its decision in Victoria Power Networks Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation on 21 October 2020, with a unanimous decision to partially overturn the first instance...

28 October 2020

The recent decision in Resolute Mining Limited v Commissioner of State Revenue is an important reminder of the need to carefully consider the duty implications of any contingent consideration for a...

19 October 2020

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