02. April 2019 - 9:00
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Tax Dispute Resolution | UWA Law School | Tuesday, 02. April 2019

Tax law is complex and open to interpretation. Tax disputes are inevitable. Achieving the best possible resolution of disputes requires a combination of knowledge and skills. This four day workshop aims to develop that knowledge and those skills. The course will progress through the life cycle of a tax dispute from risk reviews and audits to appeals to courts and tribunals. Along the way, assessments, objections, alternative dispute resolution and settlements will be considered, among other issues. The focus will be on both the black letter law and practical insights drawn from experience.
The issues covered by the course will include:

Assessment powers, risk reviews and audits
Information gathering powers and the exceptions to them
Position papers, independent review, and the GAAR Panel
Private binding rulings
Objection and appeal – Administrative Appeals Tribunal or Federal Court?
Running a case in the AAT
Transfer pricing and BEPS disputes
Statements of facts, issues and contentions, and submissions
Model litigant obligations, and the Inspector-General of Taxation
Declaratory relief and judicial review
Alternative dispute resolution
Code of settlement practice and model settlement deeds
Tax risk management
Tax effective writing and written tax advocacy
Comparative tax dispute resolution

The course will be led by Alain Musikanth.  Mr Musikanth is a barrister practising from Francis Burt Chambers in commercial litigation, with a focus on professional liability, insurance and contentious tax matters. He has worked in litigation for over 20 years, having spent most of his career practising as a barrister at the independent bar.