2015 Corporate Tax Adviser of the Year winner: Minh Dao CTA

I am a tax adviser specialising in infrastructure projects (eg PPP, privatisations and M&A). I have worked with KPMG for over 15 years on some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects and have undertaken secondments locally and to the UK.

I strive to create a working environment where my staff can perform to the best of their abilities and can be proud to say they work in my team.

How long have you been affiliated with The Tax Institute?

Over 14 years (includes two maternity leave of absence).

What does the Tax Awards mean to you, and more broadly, to the tax profession?

The Tax Award has meant a lot to me. To be publically recognised for the contribution I make to the profession was an honour. Being recognised by the Tax Institute has also broadened by personal profile within the tax community.

What are 5 main tips/tricks that you used for preparing your application?

  • Communicate with senior leaders in your organisation to ensure they support your nomination.
  • Obtain client references. Don’t be shy.
  • Set aside ample time to prepare the application.
  • Ask a colleague to critique your application.
  • Show a wide range of your experience in the application form.

What was it like to be named a finalists/winner in your category?

I was delighted to be named as a finalist and was utterly surprised when I was announced as the winner on the night. As so much of my work is confidential, it is very special to be recognised by members of my profession publically for my contribution.

What are 4 main reasons for applying for the Tax Awards?

  • Receive recognition for your achievements
  • Cement your personal brand in the market
  • Contribute to the continuing success of the Tax Institute
  • Celebrate your achievements to date.

What do you believe put your application above the others?

The depth of my experience on large scale infrastructure projects and working closely with the ATO to resolve tax technical matters for the tax profession.

How has applying for the Tax Awards benefitted you?

My personal profile in the market has significantly improved, which has meant exposure to new clients and engagements.

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

Playing with my children, until they tire me out.



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