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Edition: March 2020
  • Last chance for Tax Subjects in Semester 1
  • Tax in a federation: Lessons from Germany
  • Student Offer - Tax Summit 2020
  • Tax Prizes and Awards
  • Meet the Tax Group: Laura Kurth
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Semester 1 Advanced Tax Masters Subjects
Goods and Services Tax
29 April -  5 May, Intensive
Lecturer: Mr Michael Evans
This subject will examine Australia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST). The subject identifies the core legislative features in Australia’s GST contained in the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999.

20 - 26 May, Intensive
Lecturer: Prof. Emeritus Arie Freiberg AM, Monash University 

This subject will examine non-compliance with taxation laws in Australia and will discuss the government’s investigatory agencies and their powers, including their information gathering powers, offences and penalties (civil, criminal and administrative) which apply to non-compliance, the liability of advisers and promoters, the prosecution process and the sentencing of tax offenders. The international dimensions of tax compliance will also be examined.

A summary of all the 2020 Masters Tax Subjects can be found here.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the website for further information:
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The Tax Summit (TTI)
Student Offer only $99 (valued at $295)
The Tax Summit brings together the best of professional experts from every aspect of tax. It provides the opportunity to get in front of the greatest tax minds in the country and build a network of mentors. The Tax Institute had created an Emerging Leaders Package for only $99. This will enable the registrant offline and online access to the summit. The offer is valid on Day 1 of the summit, Wednesday 11 March which includes Justice Hill Lecture with The Hon Simon Steward QC, Federal Court of Australia.
Registration is essential, please use the campaign code TTSA-5 to obtain the special price. To qualify for an Emerging Leader ticket, you should be at the start of your tax career (<5 years).
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Meet the Tax Group
Laura Kurth graduated with her Masters in International Tax from Melbourne Law School in February 2020. Laura has over 10 years of experience in tax in large firms in Brazil. Laura is currently an associate of tax consulting practice Campos Mello Advogados, a Brazilian law firm that works in cooperation with DLA Piper. Laura recently published her article, 'Taxation of Offshore Indirect Transfers in Brazil in Need of Reform' in the Bulletin for International Taxation, 2020 (Vol. 74). The article was developed from Laura’s essay in the Masters subject Current Issues in International Tax offered in 2019. Laura is joining the Tax Group to carry out research on a project about tax treaties.
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Dear friends and colleagues,
This month, we welcome students and academics for semester 1, 2020. As we are all aware, for some it has been a challenging start to the year because of COVID-19 and the Law School is working hard to support all students and visitors affected. In this issue, we highlight two semester 1 Tax Intensive Masters subjects coming up in April and May and encourage last chance enrolments. We look forward to discussing tax and federalism with visiting Prof. Dr. h.c. Rudolf Mellinghoff, president of the Federal Supreme Finance Court of Germany. Dr Mellinghoff will also be presenting an IFA lecture on international taxation in collaboration with the Federal Court during his visit in April – more news soon. We hope you stay safe and well this Autumn.
Lunch-time Talk
Tax Equalisation and Fiscal Controls in Germany's Federation: Lessons for Australia
This talk will discuss the allocation of taxes in Germany between the Federal and State governments, where the most important taxes including income tax, corporate income tax and sales tax are jointly shared by the Federal and State governments. The talk will discuss the vertical and horizontal distribution of tax revenues. It will also examine the fiscal controls on the Federal, State and local governments.
Dr h.c. Rudolf Mellinghoff
Dr h.c. Rudolf Mellinghoff has been President of the Federal Supreme Finance Court of Germany since 1 November 2011.
Dr Mellinghoff is the President of the German Tax Jurist Society, Vice-President of the German section of the International Commission of Jurists and a member of the Judicial Integrity Group.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

12.00 - 1.30pm
   (light lunch will be provided)

Room 920, Level 9
 Melbourne Law School

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Dr Mellinghoff's visit in Australia is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and co-hosted by the Tax Group and Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School.
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Tax Prizes and Awards
Tax students and young tax professionals should take note of these upcoming tax prizes and awards, provided by Melbourne Law School and by the International Fiscal Association.

Mitchell B Carroll prize
Maximum award: €1,000
Closing date: 01 Apr 20 (recurring)

President YIN scientific award
Maximum award: €1,000
Closing date: 01 Apr 20 (recurring)

Maurice Lauré Prize
Maximum award: €5,000
Closing date: 01 Apr 20 (recurring)