Author Archives: Ken Mansell

About Ken Mansell

As a stay at home Dad most of the week this is my way of pretending I am still the tax counsel of ASX and SEC listed companies, working at big 4 firms, working at the Federal Treasury, on the Henry Review and at Parliament House for the previous government.

Love Equality!!! and Tax

You know you are not funny when you have to start a blog post with “please understand this is an attempt at humour and not some political/moral/ethical statement.” Simply put, I thought it might make you laugh… I’m angry! Really … Continue reading

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I win my taxi war with the Commissioner

Recently I have been complaining that the Commissioner has decided the word “taxi” in the GST Act includes an Uber (so Ubers have to register for GST and so he gets more GST) but in the FBT Act the word … Continue reading

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The “dream” of funding everything through stopping large corporate tax evasion just ended…

For years now, organisations like the Tax Justice Network and various news outlets have screamed about how evil multinationals and large corporates are regarding avoiding tax. The explain the utopia we could live in if they were required to pay the … Continue reading

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We have tax legislation…

It has been a while but the Government is back with some new law. Yes I know we had the changes to the personal tax rates, but that was boring (changes to rates and thresholds). Now we have some real … Continue reading

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Contradiction – A combination of statements, ideas, or features which are opposed to one another

The Commissioner has shown us his ability to bend and twist in relation to the FBT exemption that applies to taxi travel by an employee beginning or ending at the employee’s place of work. He states that the exemption is … Continue reading

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When does a company carry on a business?

This is an important question, primarily for the small business entity concessions which require the entity to be carrying on a business. It is also important for applying the lower company tax rate before 1 July 2017, when a company … Continue reading

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New powers for the Commissioner if he is concerned you won’t pay your tax

In a new Bill before Parliament (Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2019) the Commissioner gets some new powers. First, this Bill will allow the Commissioner to retain tax refunds where a taxpayer has failed to lodge a return … Continue reading

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