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Promoter Penalty Laws

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Promoter Penalty Laws

Date & TimeTBC
Format Lunchtime Learning, Seminar





CPD Units 1.5
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Community Legal Centre member price: $66

Join the Victorian Bar's Helen Symon QC and the Australian Taxation Office's Patricia Sampathy and Scott Treatt for an in-depth look at promoter penalty laws. Following an informative presentation that will address key concepts in the legislation and identifying and comparing remedies, you will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive Q&A/discussion with our knowledgeable panel.

This practical session is part of the LIV Lunchtime Learning series.

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  • Full Description

    The revelations in the Banking Royal Commission have heightened community expectations about the work of our major regulators and the exercise of their regulatory powers. 

    Promoter penalty laws are administered and enforced by the Australian Taxation Office, targeting the promotion of tax exploitation schemes, with implications for advisers, marketers, financiers and other third parties.

    Our speakers, Helen Symon QC of the Victorian Bar and Patricia Sampathy and Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioners, Australian Taxation Office, will take an in-depth look at promoter penalty laws, the justification for the introduction of the laws, key cases and enforcement approaches so far and predictions for future approaches to the law by the ATO. 

    This session will cover: 

    • The introduction of the promoter penalties laws
    • The key concepts
    • Remedies
    • The ATO as regulator
    • Predictions for future trends


    By attending this session you will be able to:

    • Describe the key concepts in the legislation
    • Identify and compare remedies
    • Understand the ATO administration of the promoter penalties laws
  • Presenters

    Helen M Symon QC, Victorian Bar
    Helen Symon QC is a leading advocate with wide experience in taxation law as well as commercial and administrative law.  Helen appears regularly in the High Court, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria.  She appeared in the first promoter penalty matters, Barossa Vines and Ludekens.  Acknowledging her experience, Helen is regularly named in Best Lawyers.

    Patricia Sampathy, Assistant Commissioner, Tax Planning & Detection, Aggressive Tax Planning, Integrated Compliance, Australian Taxation Office
    Patricia Sampathy is an Assistant Commissioner within the Integrated Compliance business line. She leads the Tax Evasion program with responsibility for addressing significant domestic tax avoidance and evasion matters across all types of tax. She has previously had carriage of strategies to detect and prevent promoted tax avoidance risks and engage purposefully with key tax agents and other intermediaries to curb community appetite for schemes that breach the Australian promoter penalty laws. Prior to joining the ATO, Patricia was a group tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and before then a senior lawyer with the Legal Services Division of the Victorian State Revenue Office.

    Scott Treatt, Assistant Commissioner, Case Leadership, Private Wealth, Australian Taxation Office
    Scott is an Assistant Commissioner in the Australian Taxation Office, Private Wealth, Technical Excellence Services business line. He has been practicing as a tax specialist since 1997 working with various Top 10 Accounting Firms with clients predominantly in the SME market space prior to joining the ATO in 2018. Scott brings to his presentations a broad range of commercial, practical and technical experience in issues regarding structuring for business and succession planning, trusts, corporate transactions, listed entities and international tax.

  • About the LIV Lunchtime Learning Series

    The LIV Lunchtime Learning series is designed to provide lawyers with the information and skills required to keep their practice up-to-date and compliant with the constantly changing legal profession. Sessions are highly practical, and cover critical legislative changes and best practices across a range of subject matters and practice areas. Earn CPD points while enhancing key skills and knowledge over the course of a one or two-hour lunch.