Private Wealth

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills advises many of Australia’s most successful private groups and emerging entrepreneurial businesses.

We have a full service offering covering strategic domestic and international tax planning, taxation advice on major transactions, and the provision of comprehensive compliance services. We aim to maintain the highest level of client service on every engagement and work alongside our clients in an open and collaborative manner.

With the increasing ATO scrutiny of private groups and high net worth individuals, we appreciate the importance of managing ongoing relationships with the ATO. Our team regularly assists clients with ATO interactions, reviews, audits and disputes. Our clients benefit from our deep understanding of the technical tax issues as well as our industry-specific forensic and strategic insights. Our greatest successes are when we are able negotiate advantageous settlements of major issues for our clients.

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Private Wealth Publications

17 Dec 2018  |  Riposte  |  Private Wealth

Capital gain versus revenue gain, again

The recent decision in the Ransley case has shown the willingness of the ATO to target investors seeking to adopt CGT treatment on the sale of shares. The decision also upheld the 50% penalty applied by the ATO.

12 Nov 2018  |  Riposte  |  Real Estate  |  Private Wealth

Extension of significant global entity definition and impact for large private groups

On 20 July 2018, Treasury released Exposure Draft legislation to extend the definition of a significant global entity (SGE). As a result, the extended definition of an SGE may include members of large private groups headed by unlisted companies, trusts (including discretionary trusts), partnerships or other investment vehicles. This will have wide ranging implications for affected large private groups which were previously outside the scope of some anti-avoidance provisions, increased administrative penalties and the requirement to lodge general purpose financial statements. The change is proposed to apply for income years starting on or after 1 July 2018.

07 Nov 2018  |  Tax Brief  |  Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions  |  Private Wealth

Vacillation in Small Business Territory

The taxation of small business entities has seen more than the usual degree of schizophrenia in the last few weeks. While there were tax cuts for small business, Treasury released a Consultation Paper outlining proposed amendments to Div 7A. These measures are, for the most part, decidedly not concessional.

Tax Brief 7 November 2018 - Vacillation in Small Business Territory (240 kb)

23 Oct 2018  |  Riposte  |  Real Estate  |  Private Wealth

Victorian Land Tax: Guidelines for the Absentee Owner Surcharge Exemption

The Victorian Treasurer has published further guidelines on the circumstances in which an impacted landowner may be granted an exemption from the Absentee Owner Surcharge (AOS) for the 2019 land tax year onwards.

22 Oct 2018  |  Riposte  |  Real Estate  |  Private Wealth

Denying deductions for vacant land – Exposure Draft

The Government has released Exposure Draft legislation, as previously announced in the 2018-2019 Budget, to deny certain deductions associated with holding vacant land incurred from 1 July 2019. These integrity measures, which are effectively targeted at private trusts, SMSFs and individuals, can apply to deny deductions where the land is not being used to carry on a business for the purpose of producing assessable income.

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Private Wealth team

Andrew White



Cameron Blackwood



Narelle McBride



Nick Heggart

Director, Head of Energy & Resources