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Beyond our shores – review and implications of Australia’s global tax transparency campaign


Australia’s global tax transparency campaign is gathering pace, as evidenced by the updating of the Exchange of Information Articles in Australia’s tax treaties, the expansion of Australia’s Tax Information Exchange Agreement network and the Commissioner’s recent request for information from banks and financial institutions in relation to Australian resident taxpayers’ offshore accounts. This article details the developments in the campaign and considers the implications for Australian tax practitioners and taxpayers.

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Adrian Varrasso ATI
Adrian Varrasso, ATI, is a Partner in the Tax group at MinterEllison. His key areas of expertise are tax and structuring advice for mergers, acquisitions, divestments and infrastructure funding, and providing a variety of income tax advice for Australian and international clients, with a special interest in tax issues in the energy and resources sectors and inbound and outbound investment - Current at 26 June 2019
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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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