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2015 case review: High ATO success rate continues


This article provides an analysis of the success rate for tax cases in the Federal Court, the Full Federal Court and the High Court in 2015 compared with the previous four years. It shows that the ATO was an extremely successful litigant in 2015 and has significantly improved performance over the past five years. The trend line demonstrates the benefits of the ATO’s case selection process (including determining the cases it settles) and its case management. This article also provides a summary of some of the important tax judgments from the Federal Court, the Full Federal Court and the High Court from January 2015 to the end of December 2015. A summary of a small number of key cases, particularly those affecting the financial services industry, is also included.

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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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Hilary Taylor
Hilary is a Lawyer Minter Ellison.
Current at 1 May 2016
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Nick Batten
Nick is a Lawyer with MinterEllison, Melbourne. - Current at 12 May 2016
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Nathan Krapivensky
Nathan is a Lawyer with MinterEllison. - Current at 23 March 2016
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