Videos

How we can help

Our range of videos demonstrate how we can help you with your tax affairs

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Introduction

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.

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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
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Taxation Debt

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.

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Residency

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.

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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.

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Audit/Objection

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.

Testimonials

SATISFIED CLIENTS

Superannuation Guarantee – thank you

Good morning Tania,

Thank you again for all your help with the AustralianTaxation Office (ATO) Super Guarantee negotations.

I would like to thank you and your associates from the bottom of my heart, for your tireless work and efforts without I have no doubt I would not be sitting here today.

Majorie L—July 2018

Professional and honest support in stressful time

Hi Tania,

You and your team worked tirelessly and we couldn’t have been more impressed or supported by you.  Your team’s professionalism, communication and honest support gave us reassurance during a very stressful time.

We received the best result which was only achieved by their you and your team’s commitment and hard work.

Ludan B—January 2017

In-depth knowledge of tax residency and other tax issues

Dear Tania,

Just want to say a big thank you, coming from a financial background myself, I was so impressed by your in-depth knowledge on tax residency and other tax issues, these are areas I often find that lots of accountants don’t even have an answer for, you are so knowledgeable, helpful, and really put my mind at ease.

Lourdes W—July 2018

Exceptional Service and Tax Knowledge

I am delighted with the results Tania has achieved in dealing with the Australian Taxation Office. My matter was complex.However, Tania was quick to understand the issues and able to prepare a strategy for my approval. Once I approved the strategy Tania immediately went to work and achieved a result my previous lawyers had not thought possible.

I believe Tania is a very intelligent and honest person. She has a great sense of intuition and a very commercial approach.  She also has a sense of urgency and diplomacy found only in a rare few.

Tania takes a pragmatic approach to solutions.  She has a very approachable manner and does not become intimidated by aggressive and complex situations.

I have no hesitation in recommending Tania to anyone needing assistance with their taxation matters.

Graeme

Graeme N—November 2014

Saving my life and company

Hello Tania,

I hope this note finds you well.

You may or may not recall our case.

I will keep this short, as I can imagine you are very busy, but wanted to update you of the outcome. After you went into bat for me against the ATO in 2018, due to them issuing a garnishee over the company leaving me nowhere to go.
With your persistence we reached an agreement…saving my life and my company!

In our last conversation you asked me to let you know how we ended up and told me “show them that we would make it”!

Today I am emailing you with an enormous smile on my face…our ATO Super Guarantee Account debt was finalised in August, 2020 and today we received the attached statement from the ATO…as of 8th December, 2020 this is also finalised.
It has not been an easy journey, especially with the additional challenges of COVID…but we survived!

Thankyou Tania from the bottom of my heart, as without you I would not be sitting here typing this email.
May I wish you, your family and colleagues a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.

Warm Regards,

Trisha F

Trisha F – December 2020

Credentials

Recognition

Law Council of Australia - Tax Lawyer Sydney Melbourne
law society of new south wales - Tax Lawyer Sydney Melbourne
the tax institute - Tax Lawyer Sydney Melbourne
Transfer Pricing Association Global logo - Tax Lawyer Sydney Melbourne