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03 Apr 2018  |  Riposte  |  Employment & Superannuation

Employment taxes update - April 2018

Australian tax obligations affecting employers are always changing. This update addresses changes to legislation and case law developments affecting employers – including payroll tax, fringe benefits tax, income tax, superannuation and pay-as-you-go withholding – as well as the ATO’s interpretation of those laws and regulations from the last 3 months (January to March 2018).

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28 Mar 2018  |  Tax Brief  |  Real Estate

Stapled structures: integrity measures

Following on from the Australian Taxation Office’s concerns in TA 2017/1, the Government has proposed sweeping changes to the tax laws that will impact on a range of stapled and non-stapled structures. The measures will: (i) apply a 30% withholding tax rate to most income derived from cross-stapled arrangements; (ii) treat ownership of agricultural land as a trading business, even if used for rental purposes; (iii) expand the thin capitalisation rules to require gearing to be calculated on a look-through basis for interests of 10% or more; and (iv) limit the exemptions currently enjoyed by foreign sovereign entities and pension funds. This Tax Brief focuses on the impact of the measures on the real estate sector. A separate Riposte addresses the impact on the infrastructure sector. Generally, the measures should not affect stapled groups that do not have material cross-staple dealings.

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28 Mar 2018  |  Transactions & Matters  |  Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions  |  Energy & Resources

Rio Tinto: sale of Kestrel coal mine

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills have advised Rio Tinto on income tax issues relating to the $2.9b sale of the Kestrel coal mine.

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News & Events

13 Apr 2018  |  News & Announcements

Best Lawyers 2019

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to have once again been named Law Firm of the Year for Tax Law in Australia, in the Best Lawyers 2019 rankings.

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03 Apr 2018  |  News & Announcements  |  International  |  Real Estate  |  Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions

Welcome Sue Ann Khoo

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills welcomes Sue Ann Khoo to the firm as a Director, based in our Sydney office.

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28 Mar 2018  |  News & Announcements

Congratulations to our 30 under 30 finalists

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to announce that Senior Associates Mary Hu, Michael Carroll and Steven Guo have been named as three of the ten finalists in the taxation category in this year’s Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards.

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