SME TAX SYMPOSIUM
Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November 2015
Doltone House Hyde Park
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SME Tax Symposium
We have listened to what it is that SMEs and their advisors need, and have developed this program just
for you. The SME Tax Symposium offers you a great choice of sessions, showcases the best speakers
and delivers extremely relevant topics.
The program provides strong technical content along with practical and insightful guidance on SME tax
To really cement your learning, we have added two hands-on workshops to the program. Everything you
need for the workshops will be presented on day one, so no annoying pre-reading is required!
We are confident this year’s SME Tax Symposium will be a highly sought after and well received event.
Registrations are now open! We look forward to seeing you there.
Todd Want, CTA, William Buck NSW
Scott McGill, CTA, Moore Stephens Sydney
Co-Chairs, SME Tax Symposium Committee
The Tax Institute gratefully acknowledges the generous assistance of members of the
NSW Tax Symposium Organising Committee:
Jol Dare, CTA, HLB Mann Judd
Glen Hutchings, FTI, Australian Taxation Office
Scott McGill, CTA, Moore Stephens Sydney (Co-Chair, Organising Committee)
Simon Thorp, CTA, KPMG
Lisa To, CTA, Bartier Perry
Todd Want, CTA, William Buck NSW (Co-Chair, Organising Committee)
Tristan Webb, CTA, Crowe Horwath
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Day one – Thursday 19 November 2015
Time Session Presenter
8:30–8:35am Welcome Scott McGill, CTA
NSW State Council Chair
8.35am–9.30am Session 1: Preparing for the Grand Final - How to get a business ready for sale
There are many obstacles to clear to get to the final. To execute the sale of a business
well, it requires careful planning and sound tax strategies. Would your clients’
businesses be ready for sale if they had a knock on the door tomorrow?
This session will look at:
Smart ways to separate non business assets
From a tax perspective, is there an optimal time to sell?
Dealing with loans – forgive them? Convert them to equity? Do something different?
Should SME’s be using demergers, consolidation, share buybacks, or capital
reductions to clean things up?
Is the intellectual property of an SME far more than just goodwill? Is this a bad thing?
Some common issues that due diligence might cover (and how to prepare for them).
Todd Want, CTA
9.30am–10.25am Session 2: Kicking the Winning Goal - Clever ways to structure the sale of a
In selling a business you don’t want to trip at the final hurdle. How can you not only
avoid falling, but ensure you win by a record margin?
This session will address:
The decision to sell shares or sell assets – why is the decision far more difficult than
Can you implement some advanced planning for the small business CGT concessions?
How to get the best out of the new earnout provisions
Dealing with the sale process in a practical manner (including some of the thorny
issues it throws up).
Stuart Le Cornu, CTA
10.25am–10.45am Morning tea
10.45am–11.40am Session 3: Creative ways to structure the purchase of a business
You think you have found a business that will be a winner well into the future. How do
you give yourself and the business the best possible chance of success?
The starting point is to make sure you have the right structures in place from the
beginning. This session will help you work out what the ‘right’ structure is, by considering:
Brand new measures and tactics to help buy an SME without incurring big due
Ways to self-insure your purchase using the new earn-out rules
Using the ATO’s new “Due Diligence Initiative” to reduce tax risk
Should you buy shares rather than assets in order to save costs - using
reconstruction relief and consolidation to clean things up
Set up a structure that allows for flexible distributions in the world after dividend
Jol Dare, CTA
HLB Mann Judd
11.40am–12.40pm Session 4: Have I inherited a tax mess?
You have just taken on a client from another accounting firm and are looking at their
Is the structure right?
What tax issues might be lurking about?
What should you look for?
How do you fix existing problems, like existing Division 7A issues? Future small
business CGT eligibility?
Have you just inherited a problem you’re better off not touching?
Scott Treatt, CTA
1.30pm–2.25pm Session 5: Is my client an accidental developer?
It is increasingly common in the crazy Sydney property market for people to be
approached by developers who wish to acquire/develop or joint venture their property.
This creates a minefield of issues for the unwary:
How much tax will you pay? Will it be capital or revenue? Are you a “developer”?
What about CGT discount or main residence exemption? What else can you do?
Straight sale? Partnership or Joint Venture? Development agreement? Do it yourself?
Not just income tax! Don’t get caught with GST problems!
Let’s not forget Land Tax and Stamp Duty.
Scott McGill, CTA
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Day one – Thursday 19 November 2015 (cont)
Time Session Presenter
Session 6A: My money’s in super, where will it go next?
Often the talk is about getting money or assets into super, but what happens to it
Should you make binding death benefit nominations?
On death should it go to your estate?
How can you manage or influence what a beneficiary of your estate does with the
What are the best ways to deal with super when there are blended families?
Would life be a whole lot easier if you just spent the lot?
Chris Tsovolos, FTI
Session 6B: SMEs and international tax: Minefield or manageable?
Increasingly SMEs are having international dealings or transactions, whether it is
expanding operations offshore or transacting with other parties based outside of
Australia. Large businesses may have the resources to adequately manage the tax
issues associated with such dealings, but SMEs struggle (or just ignore the issues).
This session will cover:
What tax issues can arise for an SME in respect of expanding offshore?
What are the tax planning opportunities that SMEs can use to enhance their
What safe harbours does the ATO offer to make compliance for SMEs easier with
respect to dealings with foreign parties?
Simon Thorp, ATI
3.20pm–3.35pm Afternoon tea
Session 7A: Small business entities: The best thing since sliced bread?
The government often trumpet all the benefits of being a small business, but it’s the
advisors who are left to work through the details:
What is a small business and are there different definitions?
What opportunities are available to small businesses that medium/large businesses
How can a medium sized business structure some of their operations to be
considered a small business?
Will the benefits of being a small business result in a rise in contractors and what are
Can passive investors get the benefits available to small businesses?
Jo-Anne Hotston, CTA
Session 7B: What is the best way to reward and remunerate an SME
It’s hard enough for small businesses to recruit staff, but what’s the best way to
reward and remunerate them?
What should an SME or start-up with limited cash do to offer an attractive salary
Should a business offer ordinary shares; or dividend access shares?
How useful are bonuses or ‘phantom shares’?
Can the new employee share rules for start-ups be used easily and effectively by any
Is it all just too hard?
4.30pm Networking Drinks & Canapes
Day two – Friday 20 November 2015
Taking on board the needs of SME practitioners, we have designed this second day of the SME Tax
Symposium to build on your knowledge in a workshop style environment, facilitated by tax practitioners.
Often workshops require pre-reading or preparation, but not these ones! If you attend day 1 of the SME Tax
Symposium, you’ll be equipped with all the skills and knowledge needed to participate in, and learn from, the
workshops on day 2.
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An overview of our experts
Jol Dare, CTA, is a Tax Partner of HLB Mann Judd (NSW) where
he specialises in helping corporate and SME clients and their
advisors. Jol has significant experience in SME restructuring,
practically assisting small businesses to manage their tax risk and
opportunity, and realise their highest value at sale. Jol is a regular
presenter for The Tax Institute’s Morning Tax Club and Tax Forum.
Jo-Anne Hotston, CTA, is a Director of TaxBytes, a specialised
tax training business. She is also a Tax Director of Bentleys NSW.
Jo-anne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a
Chartered Tax Adviser of The Tax Institute, and holds a Masters of
Taxation from the University of Sydney. Jo-anne has been providing
tax training to accounting and legal firms since 1994. She provides
monthly tax training to a number of accounting firms throughout
Australia from first tier down to smaller firms.
Stuart Le Cornu CTA, has more than 15 years’ experience
providing complex tax advice to clients at Crowe Horwath. He
works with a diverse client base that includes high net wealth
individuals, trusts, large private and foreign-controlled entities
spanning a variety of industries. Stuart helps clients with all
areas of income tax, GST, FBT and superannuation. He also
provides specialist advice in applying CGT concessions for small
businesses, ATO audits and risk reviews, creating tax-effective
business structures, international taxation, and trust structures.
Scott McGill, CTA, is a Partner at Moore Stephens Sydney where
he focuses on taxation, business, structuring and succession
issues for a wide range of clients. Scott also heads the property
industry speciality in the Sydney practice working with small and
large developers, retirement villages and aged care and investors.
Scott has extensive experience in income tax, GST and state
taxes from both his time in public practice as well as the ATO, and
has a reputation for achieving commercial outcomes on complex
Simon Thorp, ATI, is a Partner at KPMG and leads their
Technology, Media and Telecommunications tax practice. He has
over 22 years’ experience working with a variety of inbound and
outbound businesses. Simon regularly liaises with Treasury and the
ATO in respect of industry and policy issues and is a member of The
Tax Institute’s NSW Professional Development Committee.
Scott Treatt, CTA, is the Head of Taxation in the Sydney office of
Pitcher Partners. He has been practicing as a tax specialist since
1997 with clients predominantly in the SME market space. Scott
provides services from advising on appropriate structures, dealing
with private rulings and ATO tax audit matters, addressing taxation
issues within the firm’s major transaction projects, its listed and
foreign clients through to assisting the Private Clients Team with
taxation issues on succession matters.
Chris Tsovolos FTI, is an Executive Lawyer in the Private Client
Services team of Bartier Perry. Chris has experience in providing
specialist services to high net wealth individuals and privately held
businesses in his core areas of practice, being taxation issues
and appeals, superannuation structuring, estate and business
succession planning and asset protection. Chris is a Fellow of
The Tax Institute and an Accredited Advisor with Family Business
Todd Want, CTA, brings over 10 years of experience to his
role as a Director in the Tax Services division at William Buck.
Todd specialises in small-to-medium enterprise tax matters and
advises clients on a broad range of tax issues such as capital
gains tax, advice relating to structuring and restructuring, the tax
consequences of acquisitions and divestments, small business CGT
concessions, Div 7A, taxation of trusts and tax risk management.
Todd also provides specialist tax consulting and training services to
accountants in public practice, lawyers, financial planners and other
professionals to assist them in advising their clients.
8.30am–10.00am Workshop 1: Capital/Revenue distinction – where are we at?
Through use of practical examples in both property and non-property situations, this workshop will seek to extract and
explore the key principles of revenue versus capital, including some of the grey areas of mere realisation versus profit
making undertaking versus business. The workshop will also consider whether the size of the operation, the taxpayer
involved, the type of entity ownership or business relationships are relevant.
This workshop will follow similar concepts to those covered at the 2014 National Tax Intensive Retreat in Noosa.
10.00am–10.30am Morning tea
10.30am–12.00pm Workshop 2: Buying and selling a business
This workshop will build on the aspects of buying and selling a business as explored during day 1 of the SME Tax
Symposium. In particular it will:
Work through some of the careful planning required to achieve the desired tax outcomes on the sale of an SME;
Look at how to implement some sound tax strategies;
Consider structuring issues; and
Look at ways of managing potential conflicts between what a seller is wanting to achieve and what a purchaser is
wanting to achieve.
Day two – Friday 20 November 2015 (cont)
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Thursday 19 November 2015
2.25pm–3.20pm Session 6A: My money’s in super, where will it go next?
Session 6B: SMEs and international tax: Minefield or manageable?
3.35pm–4.30pm Session 7A: Small business entities: The best thing since sliced bread?
Session 7B: What is the best way to reward and remunerate an SME employee?
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