West Garbutt Senior Associate Alex Whitney has authored the following paper on family trusts for Legalwise. This paper discusses the intricacies of the family trust election rules and their impact on family trusts at each stage of a trust’s lifecycle. To access this document, please click here : Family Trusts; the beginning, middle and end ...

In response to the impact of Covid-19 on the Queensland economy, the Queensland government has announced a range of land tax relief measures.  Lawyers Lyndon Garbutt and Mark West have prepared an overview of the measures for Queensland landowners, including how the different measures can be accessed and considerations to be taken into account in determining eligibility. To access this document, please click here : Queensland land tax - Covid-19 Relief ...

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.

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.