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Sparke Helmore Consulting

Sparke Helmore Consulting (SHC) has been established to spearhead Sparke Helmore’s growing move into allied services with an initial focus on providing Tax Advisory services to complement the core legal services that Sparke Helmore Lawyers provides to its clients. SHC offers an integrated and seamless transition between legal and non-legal services, moving up and down the scale of involvement as an individual matter requires.

Tax Advisory

The tax landscape is complex and constantly changing, with increasing levels of scrutiny around tax strategies, governance and risk management. We collaborate with you, and work closely with our core legal capability, to minimise tax risk and maximise opportunities.

Our focus within the Tax Advisory area is three-fold:

  • Transactions—Whether acquiring assets or a business or divesting, we take a proactive approach early in the life cycle and can be involved in setting up and structuring the transaction including full commercial and tax due diligence, ensuring from the outset that the transaction is managed for success. We can also feed into the legal elements of the process including supporting the drafting of agreements and other documentation.

  • Tax controversy—We have a positive relationship with the tax authorities and are well-versed in managing interactions with those authorities in a professional and proactive manner. We can provide advice and assistance on contentious and non-contentious tax matters in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, tax risk management and government, corporate reconstructions, employee shares, stamp duty, employment matters, wills and estates, and land tax.

    In contentious tax matters, we can deliver on a holistic solution, appearing for and assisting in all tax and tax-related matters including tax appeals and any matter involving a revenue authority, and can draw on legal professional privilege as required.

  • Tax governance and risk management—We work with company boards and senior management, advising on tax risks and the necessary governance steps an organisation needs to take based on Tax Office procedures.  This can also include advising individual directors as to the steps required to satisfy their duties.

Sparke Helmore Consulting has deep expertise in all areas of tax—Federal (direct and indirect) and State (indirect taxes)—and works both domestically and internationally.

Disclaimer: Sparke Helmore Consulting does not provide investment or financial advice and does not hold an AFSL.

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