How we can help
Our range of videos demonstrate how we can help you with your tax affairs
Waterhouse Lawyers are expert tax lawyers.
Tania Waterhouse, the firm’s principal, is a former ATO director, with specialist knowledge of all tax matters.
The Waterhouse team are all passionate about tax law and wanting to help their clients.
Our range of videos show how we can help you with your tax affairs.
Managing ATO audits and disputes
What do you do when the ATO comes knocking on your client’s door? High wealth individuals and SMEs – often your best clients – are the most likely targets. Learn the best way to handle an audit based on the inside knowledge of a 40-year ATO veteran and former Deputy Commissioner.
- Find out how to ensure your clients receive a fair go during an audit
- Understand the mindset of ATO officials and what they are looking for
- Discover how to present the best possible face to increase the chance of a successful, quick outcome
Being served with a ATO notice is worrying at the best of times – even more so if you have a tax debt and you cannot pay immediately.
We understand the trauma of receiving a debt notice from the ATO. We can help you to enter into a payment plan, or seek a remission of interest. We can also help explore alternative options.
All of our clients appreciate our sensitive and caring approach to their tax crisis. They have all stated how relieved they are to have sought our assistance.
This video shows you how we can help in this situation.
Australians working overseas need to know whether they are a resident or non-resident of Australia. This will determine their tax liability in Australia.
Just because you are working living and working full time doesn’t mean you are automatically a non-resident. There are a number of factors that need to be taken into account.
We have particular expertise with crew on superyachts, pilots, IT workers and can help determine your tax residency status.
See our video for more information.
High Wealth Individuals
High Wealth Individuals in Australia need to structure their affairs in the most tax advantageous manner.
Likewise an offshore investor in Australia needs to understand their taxation obligations if they invest in Australia.
Here we discuss how we can help your entity to structure your taxation affairs or give advice on investing in Australia.
If you disagree with a tax assessment you are entitled to make an objection to that decision. We can prepare an objection which puts your case in the most favourable light possible. We have a very high success rate in the outcome of objection decisions.
Being audited is a particularly stressful experience. Taxpayers unintentionally give the wrong message because, for instance, they may not understand the auditor’s queries, perhaps due to language difficulties. We can help reduce that stress by liaising directly with the ATO and ensuring that the taxpayer’s affairs are being accurately represented to the ATO.
To learn more, see our video.
Need tax advice?
How we can help
We can liaise with the ATO if you are being audited; obtain a payment plan for a tax debt; and represent you in a tax court case.
OMG – it’s the truth – you told the truth – that’s a strategy?! I LOVE it – I’m so happy – however the [government agency] responds will be OK by me. It’s perfect, you have made sense of a time in my life and behaviour and responses I didn’t understand.
The reasoning and explanation in your letter is more valuable to me personally than the [agency’s] outcome. A win would be great, but no matter what happens, I can definitely take heed of this, develop better insight, work on improving my response to confronting and conflicting events and have a happier life, which is and must be the ultimate goal.
Seriously grateful and overwhelmingly impressed by your ability to nail the issues in such a way that I will have peace of mind no matter what the outcome.
Mission Impossible Achieved
Tania, You were referred to me after a relentless three year audit of my taxation affairs by the ATO. As well as threatening my means of livelihood, the audit caused enormous personal stress. But you achieved the impossible and liaised with the ATO to obtain an unbelievable result. I am so grateful to you.
As a result of your fantastic efforts I am now free to get on with my life. Thank you so much.
A million thanks for a great result
Compassion & understanding
Tania, again I want to thank you not just for your outstanding advice but also your compassion and understanding towards the whole situation. What you do is change people’s lives for the better in many ways.
Thanks soooo very much again.
We are most appreciative of all your counsel and hard work on this matter.
It has been delightful working with you, and congratulations to you and your team for securing this excellent outcome for us.
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