William Thompson
|Managing Partner Brisbane

Managing Partner of the firm's Brisbane office, Bill Thompson is recognised nationally and internationally as one of Australia's leading corporate tax advisors and tax disputes lawyers. In his broad tax practice, Bill works with publicly listed and unlisted corporations, industry associations, government departments and government owned corporations, large not for profit organisations including universities and scientific research organisations, and large industry and retail superannuation funds, as well as high-wealth private clients.

He primarily advises on the tax implications of business and corporate acquisitions, corporate structures and restructures, and financing arrangements. He regularly advises on corporate taxation, international tax relating to inbound investments, capital gains tax, goods and services tax (GST), stamp duty, customs duty, land tax, and employment taxes.

Bill has extensive project experience in the Property, Infrastructure, Energy & Resources and Financial Services (Superannuation) industries Australia-wide. He advises peak bodies in the Australian Energy & Resources industries.

Bill is experienced in negotiating major disputes with Federal and State revenue authorities and handling audits by them. He has acted in many taxation disputes, including litigation to appellate level in a number of landmark tax cases.

In addition, Bill is a leader of our Private Client Wealth Practice. His clients have included some of Australia's wealthiest families.

Bill is a frequent speaker and author on taxation issues and has presented papers at conferences of the International Bar Association Taxation Committee, the American Bar Association Taxation Committee (foreign lawyers subcommittee), and the Taxation Academy of Singapore.

17 April 2014

On 24 March 2014 the OECD issued a Discussion Draft on BEPS Action 1: Address the Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy as part of the OECD's 15 point Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan. Responses were due by 14 April 2014. In this Alert we consider the main issues and options for taxation reform raised in the Discussion Draft.

15 April 2014

To assist you in managing the tax risks of your organisation, we have created a quarterly update to discuss the issues that you may wish to raise with your Board during each reporting period, starting with Q3.

7 April 2014

On 3 April 2014, the Full Federal Court issued its judgment in Commissioner of Taxation v Resource Capital Fund III LP overturning the Federal Court's judgment. This case is significant because the main issue it considers relates to the treatment of a partnership that is tax transparent in one jurisdiction and taxable in another, and the application of a double tax treaty.

3 April 2014

The Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA) has been amended, heralding significant changes to the way financial planners are regulated. Financial planners will need to understand the boundaries between providing purely financial product advice and a tax (financial) advice service, and to determine whether they need to register with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) as Registered (Tax) Financial Advisers from 1 July 2014.

17 March 2014

The government has released a consultation paper on a proposed Exploration Development Incentive allowing junior exploration companies to renounce their exploration losses and 'distribute' this 'benefit' to their members in the form of a refundable tax offset - an Exploration Credit. The Incentive is intended to apply to expenditure made after 1 July 2014.

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