The State Taxation Minefield – Avoiding the Explosion

With The State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2019 coming into
play on 1 July 2019, we spoke with State Taxes expert Simon Tisher, CTA, Victorian Bar, ahead of his
Melbourne and Geelong July Breakfast Club presentations on The State Taxation
Minefield – Avoiding the Explosion.
There are few people more qualified to
speak on the topic, than Simon Tisher,
Victorian Bar.
A Barrister at the Victorian Bar since 2003,
Simon practices predominantly in state and federal taxation, and other areas related
to taxation including superannuation, insolvency and professional indemnity
claims (commonly involving tax advice).  He
appears for and against the ATO, led and unled by Senior Counsel and has been
the Chair of the Tax Institute’s State Taxes Committee since 2016.

In Simon’s timely session, following the passing of The State
Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2019

in June 2019
, he will discuss the
impact of the Act passed in June 2019

He says “This Act rewrites the economic
entitlement provisions and expands the definition of “dutiable property” to
essentially include an interest in fixtures. 
I will discuss several recent cases in relation to the other topics I am

Simon also shared with us that he thinks are
the main blind spots with state taxation.

He says “the approach of the
State Revenue Office in relation to certain transactions and claims for
exemption.  Also, many taxpayers do not
appreciate that they carry the onus of proof, or what is required to discharge
that onus, when they litigate against the SRO.”

What can attendees take away
from Simon’s session?

“Attendees will leave the
session with a greater appreciation of how the State Revenue Office approaches
transactions and claims for exemption and what to be on the lookout for” says

And ”Hopefully a greater
appreciation of where the minefields are in state taxation – and how to avoid
exploding them.”

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