The ATO will be notifying all tax agents in early December 2019 regarding which of their clients will be coming under review by the expansion of its Tax Avoidance Task Force. Affected taxpayers include any private wealth groups that control more than $5 million in wealth or have more than $10 million in turnover.  Essentially, the ATO has: expanded its Top 320 program to be a Top 500 program, focusing on the 500 largest private wealth groups in Australiaintroduced a new high wealth private groups program focused on private groups with more than $50 million in wealthintroduced a new medium and emerging private groups program focused on private...

Tax lawyers Mark West and Michael McLaughlin presented on structuring and planning for tax before a realization event at the Tax Institute - Private Business Tax retreat, held on the Gold Coast, Queensland. The presentation by the West Garbutt Principals considered the strategies to utilize in planning for a sale to third parties or succession to the next generation. The session included detailed case studies for attendees to consider, focusing on critical issues that could arise and how to manage issues such as Division 7A and the small business CGT concessions.

For people wanting to access a copy of these slides please click on the link below.  Should more detailed advice be required, or you would like assistance with your own structuring needs, please contact one of our specialist tax lawyers.