A commercial lawyer that goes beyond the acronymsYou’ll often find the services of your taxation solicitor stop at the usual big ticket items – income, GST and CGT. At Rouse Lawyers, we present holistic taxation planning and implementation knowledge, across stamp duty, payroll tax, land tax and the many other complex dimensions of taxation law. Rouse Lawyers brings deep expertise and wide ranging experience to its taxation, structuring and superannuation practice, giving you the confidence to take risks, plan for the future and enjoy the present.
Don’t forget asset protection and estate planningAs one of the most highly regarded commercial law firms in Brisbane, our lawyers provide specialist knowledge of taxation and superannuation law. But we also understand that these aspects of developing and future-proofing your business don’t happen in isolation. Our team includes experts in asset protection, estate planning and property law, so you can tap into the guidance you need across all aspects of your commercial enterprises. Our lawyers bring a detailed understanding of how other bodies of law intervene and impact outcomes, such as bankruptcy law and family law. The breadth and depth of knowledge in our tax team means that it is uniquely placed to provide innovative, commercially sensible taxation and structuring advice to create optimal tax outcomes for our clients.
What can an experienced tax and superannuation lawyer do for you?Our tax lawyers can assist you in the following areas:
- structuring and restructuring businesses and entities in a manner that is CGT and stamp duty effective
- assessing the impact of capital gains tax on particular transactions
- assisting with mergers or acquisitions, and assistance leading up to a business sale to provide the best tax results for the client
- implementing tax effective estate plans comprising assets in various private entity structures
- the use of joint ventures and other commercial arrangements to structure transactions
- assisting in dealing with contrary ATO positions, including preparing objections and responses to position papers
- various forms of rollovers
- dealing with issues relating to personal services income
- access to the small business CGT concessions, and in particular, the difficult applications of those concessions
- payroll tax
- alternatives for addressing Division 7A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth)
- alternatives for achieving asset protection.
Need more information? Don’t hesitate to call us on (07) 3667 9697.Unlike a lot of commercial law firms, we won’t start the meter running the minute we pick up the phone. Our honest, personalised ‘no surprises’ fee structure is just another one of the reasons business clients know they can trust us to represent their best interests. We look forward to discussing how Rouse Lawyers, expert tax lawyers for Brisbane business, can work with you to optimise your commercial developments and financial security.
Team Leader: Domenic Festa
With his experience in both accounting and taxation law, Domenic's passion is identifying suitable structures for clients to achieve their commercial objectives. The majority of Domenic's work has involved consulting to accountants, lawyers and financial professionals on tax, superannuation and structuring issues affecting their clients.
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Matthew is the founder of the firm and leads the corporate and commercial team. He developed his expertise as a commercial lawyer with some of Australia's largest law firms, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and franchising. Matthew is trusted by his clients to deliver astute and practical advice and to ensure that the Rouse Lawyers team deliver on their promise to offer top tier legal advice, promptly, and with the clients interests, and value, in mind.
Non-arm’s length incomeAdvice on whether dividends received by a self-managed superannuation fund from a private company constituted non-arm’s-length income (which would be taxed at the top marginal rate).
Small business CGT concessionsPreparation of submissions and objections to assessments relating to the small business CGT concessions in circumstances where the ATO included assets of children who had worked in the business (successful outcome).
Business RestructureRestructure of a pre-CGT business from a single trust into several trusts in a manner that was not liable for stamp duty to accommodate succession of the business.
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