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Australian tax treaties: Trends and developments since the US Protocol


The US Protocol was signed in 2001. Since then, Australia has signed, renegotiated or updated 14 tax treaties, including its tax treaties with Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. This article examines Australia's progress in expanding and updating its tax treaty network since the US Protocol, considers the trends and developments in Australia's tax treaty policy reflected in recent tax treaties, and provides some observations in relation to what the future may hold for Australia's tax treaties.

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Piotr Klank CTA
Piotr is a commercial barrister specialising in revenue law. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in 2005, and obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne in 2009. Prior to joining the Bar he was a solicitor with Clayton Utz, MinterEllison and PwC. Piotr has presented and published widely on tax matters for The Tax Institute, the International Fiscal Association, the IBFD and Bloomberg, among others. He is on the Taxation Committee of the Law Council of Australia, an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne and a member of several tax discussion groups. He appreciates the opportunity to look at issues where there are no clear or simple answers. - Current at 27 October 2020
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