Recorded Webinar: Payroll Tax: Structuring Imperatives, Grouping Dilemmas and Managing Key Tax Risks


21st September 2018

Duration:  approx. 2 hours

This session examines payroll tax from a structuring perspective in order to minimize liability and ensure compliance. It has a practical focus, including:

  • Managing payroll tax risk – to group or not?
  • Grouping dilemmas:
    • understanding grouping tests
    • common grouping mistakes
    • managing grouping risks
  • Discretionary trusts and payroll tax – how wide are the grouping provisions?
  • Degrouping – Applying for an exclusion from grouping for payroll tax
  • Contractor payments taken to be wages? – relevant contracts and payroll tax
  • Employment agent – taxable wages and non-taxable amounts
  • Dealing with a payroll tax audit – responding and meeting the evidentiary burden
  • The Single Touch Payroll requirements – mandatory from 1st July 2018
  • Case study – Are payments to coaches for use of image rights taxable wages?
  • Case reports:
    • Brisbane Bears – Fitzroy Football Club Ltd v Comm. State Revenue [2017] QCA 223
    • Smeaton Grange Holdings Pty Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2016] NSWSC 1594
Our presenter

Murray Shume, Senior Associate, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, Brisbane

Murray is a Senior Associate in Cooper Grace Ward’s commercial group specialising in tax disputes and advice.

Murray provides advice on a broad range of income tax and indirect tax issues. He regularly provides income tax, duty and GST advice to clients at all stages of land subdivision and development.

This includes providing advice to clients in relation to the income/capital distinction and in drafting private ruling applications in relation to both the income tax and GST issues that arise during developments and subdivisions.

He also has significant expertise in resolving tax disputes in areas such as: international tax and residency issues; employee share schemes; non-commercial losses; GST; and payroll tax.

Prior to joining Cooper Grace Ward, Murray spent four years working in the Australian Taxation Office. This experience provides Murray with a unique perspective when dealing with ATO.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers and accountants advising on payroll tax – Australia wide. This webinar is for experienced practitioners.

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Product Code: WBTSEP18
 Price:  $253.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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