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Workshop 2 case studies and answers: Managing tax disputes


This workshop covers:

  • when does the dispute process commence?
    • selection of taxpayers to audit – the tax risk differentiation framework and desirability of tax risk governance processes
    • Commissioner’s information gathering powers including LPP and accountants’ concession.
  • strategic approaches to managing a tax dispute
  • critical aspects of a tax dispute
  • issues impacting on settlements and alternative dispute resolution
  • when to go to the Tribunal versus Court.

Author profiles

Joanne Dunne CTA
Photo of author, Joanne DUNNE Joanne is a lawyer from Melbourne. She was formerly a tax partner at law firms in both Australia and New Zealand. She has more than 25 years’ tax experience in general income tax, GST, international tax, and tax controversy. Joanne is a member of a wide range of professional organisations, including The Tax Institute’s Tax Disputes Committee, and until 2020 she represented The Tax Institute on the ATO’s Dispute Resolution Working Group. - Current at 11 November 2021
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Michael Clough FTI
Photo of author, Michael CLOUGH Michael Clough, FTI, is a Partner at King & Wood Mallesons and has over 35 years experience advising Australian and foreign-owned clients on tax issues which arise in the capital and debt markets, corporate transactions and resources and infrastructure sectors.On behalf of his clients, Michael has helped resolve many disputes with the ATO and also conducted numerous tax appeals and other related proceedings in the state, Federal and High courts and tribunals. - Current at 05 May 2018
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Christopher Kinsella CTA
Chris is a tax partner based in Sydney with the law firm Holding Redlich. Chris has over 30 years’ experience advising clients in relation to tax matters, particularly early ATO engagement, ATO access powers, tax audits, tax litigation and dispute resolution. Chris has acted for clients in banking/insurance, property/infrastructure, pharma, mining/energy, manufacturing and professional services. The Holding Redlich tax controversy team represents taxpayers (and their advisors) in tax disputes in both the Federal Court and the AAT. Focus areas include anti-avoidance, transfer pricing and international tax. Notable cases that Chris has been involved with include the Chevron transfer pricing case and the Resource Capital Fund tax cases. Recent topics receiving attention from clients also include legal professional privilege, promoter penalties and the ATO’s broader attitude to tax advisers more generally. Chris is the chair of the Tax Institute’s Dispute Resolution Committee and the chair of the Number One Tax Discussion Group. Chris is accredited in dispute resolution with the NSW Law Society. - Current at 14 December 2021
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Peter Coakley
Peter has been with the Tax Office since 1983 and has had many dealings with international tax authorities. Since May 2007, Peter has undertaken the role of the Active Compliance Capability Improvement Leader. The focus of the role is to ensure that active compliance officers have the tools, support and guidance to undertake and deliver their work in supporting the Tax Office Compliance Program and to assure the integrity of the publicly reported outcomes from our active compliance activities. Recently, Peter's focus has been on driving and delivering sustainable improvements to the active management of cases and more timely technical decision making to better align with community expectations and corporate expectations. - Current at 23 April 2012


This was presented at 2012 Tax Specialists' Workshop .

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Workshop 1 case studies and answers: Part IVA

Author(s):  David MARSCHKE

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Workshop 4 case studies and answers: International

Author(s):  Tracey RENS,  Narelle MCBRIDE,  Alison RODI

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Workshop 3 case studies and answers: M&A

Author(s):  Eddy MOUSSA

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Workshop 2 case studies and answers: Managing tax disputes

Author(s):  Joanne DUNNE,  Michael CLOUGH,  Chris KINSELLA,  Peter COAKLEY

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