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John has over 20 years of legal experience with a focus on tax structuring, commercial advice and transactions, land and payroll tax as well as applications for rulings, objections and tax disputes for State and Federal tax.
Working with business and individual clients, he and his team have a passion and enthusiasm for their work. When it comes to their clients, their aim is to be outcome-focused, working efficiently and commercially. John and his team work closely with accounting practices, providing a service that bridges the gap between accounting and the law on areas such as State tax exemptions, payroll tax de-grouping and retention of ABN restructures.
John is respected within the industry for his expertise and is listed as a recommended Tax Lawyer in Queensland in Doyles’ Guide for 2023. His approach to working with clients is to “simplify the complex” so that they fully understand their matter and the steps needed to deliver successful outcomes.
“The most rewarding part of what we do is assisting clients take control of their understanding of their affairs. It always allows clients to refocus on what is important to them and diffuses any frustration of being held back.”
queensland state councillor and member, strategic advisory committee, the tax institute
One of Australia’s most recognised brands was looking to move to a corporate environment without wanting to disturb existing franchise and third-party agreements. We achieved this in a manner that allowed third parties to continue to deal with the same entity with tax consolidation and nominal duty (in comparison to a traditional restructure).
Assisting a client already subject to audit in respect of s100A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) settle without protracted proceedings. Our involvement allowed the matter to be settled expeditiously and with much reduced penalties that would have otherwise been imposed.
This particular client had ventured out of their usual practice of using companies to acquire their investments and had bought two Queensland properties as investments via a discretionary trust. The Division 7A repayments had become burdensome. We facilitated a restructure to corporatise the discretionary trust without duty so as to eliminate the Division 7A loan.