Speaker Profile: Ethical Issues for Tax Practitioners

We sit down with Professor Gino Dal Pont from the University of Tasmania on Ethics in Practice for Tax Advisers to chat about the keynote speaker presentation he'll be presenting at the upcoming 29th National Convention in March 2014 in Hobart.

Tell us about yourself

I am a Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania, with principal interests in equity and trusts, and professional responsibility. I have also taught tax law on and off for years at the Faculty, and retain a continuing interest in the area.

How long have you been affiliated with The Tax Institute?

I was a member in the early 2000s, as well as member of State Council (Tas) and National Education (for one year).

What does National Convention mean to you, and more broadly, to the tax industry?

I cannot comment on the broader industry, but I perceive it as the premier tax conference in Australia.

What is the topic that you are presenting at the 29th National Convention?

I am presenting the Ethical issues for tax practitioners from the perspective of conflicts of interest and conflicts of duty.

What can attendees expect to learn from your session?

Attendees can hopefully secure a heightened perception of the way courts may approach issues of conflicts of interest and conflicts of duty.

What new or hot topics will you cover?

Every year in the main common law jurisdictions there is litigation over conflicts of interest and conflicts of duty for lawyers and accountants, which have on various occasions involved tax practitioners. Attendees can expect to receive a current and contextual presentation to this end.

How will attending your session help delegates help their clients?

It will assist attendees to understand the engagements they may legitimate undertake, as opposed to those that are ethically and legally questionable.

What do you like to do when you’re not knee-deep in tax?

I am only peripherally knee-deep in tax, and spread my work interests around. Outside of work I attempt a holiday overseas each year.

29th National Convention 2014

You’re invited to join us in Hobart for the 29th National Convention 26-28 March 2014. The Tax Institute’s National Convention is widely recognised as the essential annual event for tax professionals. But hurry! Advanced pricing ends this Friday!

Find out more about the conference and register now.


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