Mark West and Lyndon Garbutt provided a tax lawyer’s overview of available exemptions and concessions to attendees from various not for profits and charities at the Queensland Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) sharing knowledge breakfast. The presentation focused on the importance of payroll tax, land tax and other State taxes for not for profit organisations and charities operating in Brisbane and Queensland.  Strategies to manage exposure to shortfalls with tax and to deal with overpayments of tax were also shared.  Co-presenter Sandra Wojcik of UnitingCare providing attendees an insight from the perspective of an in-house tax counsel within a large NFP. For people wanting more information on payroll tax, land tax, duty and local government regulations as they apply to not for profits and charities, please click on the below link to access a copy of the powerpoint presentation.  Should more detailed advice be required, please contact one of our specialist tax lawyers.

The Queensland OSR has recently launched its new online portal ‘OSR Online’.  The portal provides a secure electronic platform for landowners and their advisors to manage land tax obligations.  Lyndon Garbutt and Mark West have prepared an overview of the portal, including how to access and register for the portal, how to link related companies and trusts and how to authorise advisors.

Lyndon Garbutt, Principal of West Garbutt presented at the CPA Australia Queensland discussion group at their monthly update series in Brisbane, Queensland.   Lyndon's topic was taking advantage of technology in the context of Queensland payroll tax and land tax.   If you want to learn more about land tax and payroll tax in Queensland and what advisors can do to help ensure their clients’ affairs are in order, then attached is a copy of the presentation.

West Garbutt have extensive expertise and experience in representing clients subject to a variety of revenue audits including Top 320 income tax audits, wealthy Australian income tax audits, GST audits, payroll tax audits and land tax audits. In the attached article, Lyndon Garbutt and Michael McLaughlin describe how best to guard against tax audit risk, summarising:
  • why high wealth individuals and private wealth groups have an increased exposure to the risk of income tax audits;OK
  • the potential costs of tax audits; and
  • strategies to help manage the risk associated with audits.  

The application of Queensland land tax to land held in trust by private wealth families can easily be misunderstood.  In the attached article, Lyndon Garbutt and Alex Whitney summarise: the circumstances in which land will be held on trust for land tax purposes; who will be regarded as beneficiaries; and the circumstances in which land held on trust should be eligible for the home exemption and primary production exemption.

Lyndon Garbutt, Principal of West Garbutt co-presented with Liz Goli, Queensland Commissioner of State Revenue on State taxes to the Chartered Accountants of Australian and New Zealand (CAANZ) at their monthly update series in Brisbane, Queensland.  If you want to learn more about land tax and payroll tax in Queensland and what Chartered Accountants can do to help ensure their clients’ affairs are in order, then attached is a copy of their presentation.