Terry Hayes

Terry Hayes BBus FCPA CTA is a Senior Tax Writer at Thomson Reuters, who has worked in the tax profession for 40 years. A qualified accountant and tax agent, Terry worked in the Australian Taxation Office for 12 years, the last 6 in Canberra drafting tax legislation and explanatory materials. He then worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Tax Manager in Sydney before moving into tax publishing as a tax writer. He has written across the spectrum of Australian tax laws and for many years has been in charge of producing the Thomson Reuters Australia tax news services. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Asia Tax and Trade Bulletin, Asia-Pac reporter for Thomson Reuters Checkpoint BEPS Global Currents, and Technical Editor of the Australian Financial Planning Handbook.

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Did we learn anything from the Chevron transfer pricing case? Has arm’s length price passed its use-by date?

Did we learn anything from the Chevron transfer pricing case? Has arm’s length price passed its use-by date?

In August 2017, Chevron Australia announced that it would abandon its ongoing transfer pricing dispute with the ATO.  This announcement means that, for the next few years at least, the Full Federal Court’s judgment handed down in April 2017 (Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd v FCT [2017] FCAFC 62, reported at 2017 WTB 16 [486]) represents the leading authority […] … Read More

Corporate beneficiaries and corporate tax rate: How might the new legislation be applied?

Corporate beneficiaries and corporate tax rate: How might the new legislation be applied?

On 18 October 2017, the Government introduced Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan Base Rate Entities) Bill 2017 into Parliament.  The Bill contains amendments to s 23AA of the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to clarify which entities will be eligible for the reduced corporate tax rate for the 2017-18 income year and subsequent income […] … Read More

Professional services firms left in a quandary after ATO suspends risk assessment guidelines

Professional services firms left in a quandary after ATO suspends risk assessment guidelines

As practitioners will be aware, the ATO has suspended the application of its risk assessment guidelines for allocation of profits within professional services firms. The ATO’s risk assessment guidelines previously stated they would be reviewed in 2017. However, writing in Thomson Reuters 2018 Weekly Tax Bulletin Issue 3, Lance Cunningham, BDO National Tax Director, says […] … Read More

2017 – another big year in tax! Just look at what WTB covered

2017 – another big year in tax! Just look at what WTB covered

Tax professionals know that 2017 has been another big year in tax. Are there any other kind of tax years other than big ones, you might ask!  Clearly not! The proof of all of this comes from the Thomson Reuters Weekly Tax Bulletin: In 2017, WTB reported over 1,800 tax, superannuation and related developments. This includes […] … Read More

35 tax and related Bills stuck in Parliamentary logjam

35 tax and related Bills stuck in Parliamentary logjam

Federal Parliament might have gone for the year, but there are a substantial number of tax and related Bills that are still before Parliament in respect of which debate will not resume until 2018. They include some important amendments affecting a wide range of taxpayers. Issue 52 of Thomson Reuters 2017 Weekly Tax Bulletin lists 35 such […] … Read More

Outstanding draft tax legislation adds to Government’s “to do” list

Outstanding draft tax legislation adds to Government’s “to do” list

Federal Parliament already has a lot on its tax legislation plate for 2018, and that will only be added to by the finalisation of draft tax legislation into Bills in Parliament. Currently, there is a backlog of important draft legislation awaiting finalisation, including: Controversial GST amendments proposing to give effect to the Government’s 2017-18 Budget […] … Read More