Effective 1 July 2023, Janelle McPhee and Laura Toscano will join as partners, followed by respected tax partner, Paul Hum, in mid-July. These new partners will serve clients both domestically and internationally, further expanding SW’s reach and expertise.
Mr. Duane Rogers, CEO of SW, conveyed his congratulations to the three new partners, underscoring how their appointments symbolise the firm’s continued growth, success, and unwavering commitment to supporting its talented professionals in realising their career aspirations. “The increasing demand for exceptional talent in serving our clients positions us favourably to promote our exceptional professionals,” remarked Mr. Rogers.
With the addition of these experienced individuals, SW’s partnership now boasts a strong team of 41 partners strategically located across Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth. Mr. Rogers emphasised the firm’s steadfast dedication to nurturing aspiring leaders within the firm, providing them with opportunities to develop important skills that drive both clients and the firm’s success.
SW Accountants & Advisors eagerly anticipates the continued outstanding contributions of Janelle, Laura to their clients, and looks forward to welcoming Paul. Their appointment not only marks an exciting new chapter in their careers but also reinforces the firm’s unwavering commitment to opening doors of opportunity and consistently delivering quality outcomes for both its talented professionals and valued clients.
Janelle McPhee has been promoted to Partner. Janelle has been with SW for seven years and has 25 years’ experience delivering tax and accounting services along with CFO outsourcing and payroll services for large complex clients.
Janelle heads up the Business Private Client & Advisory (BPCA) Outsourcing and Payroll offering and is also a member of the Praxity Global Alliance outsourcing working group. Janelle partners with her clients to deliver accurate, timely and valuable information to assist with decisions in real time and to remain compliant. Janelle delivers webinars regarding Casualised Workforce and Superannuation changes, and has written several alerts on Working from Home Claims, Payroll Tax Mental Health & Wellbeing Levy, Super Stapling and STP Phase 2.
Laura Toscano has been appointed as a Partner. Laura has been with SW in the Internal Audit and Risk Advisory team with the Assurance & Advisory Division for over seven years and has over 14 years’ experience. Laura works across multiple industries and markets, servicing clients in financial services, education, government and public and private sector clients. Laura presents for clients, at industry conferences and for webinars on topics that includes risk management and Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF).
Paul Hum joins us with 15 years of specialist experience across a range of employment tax and payroll related obligations. He started his career with KPMG in employment taxes and has experience in the mid-tier where he was technical lead for employment taxes for Pitcher Partners for four years. He also spearheaded KPMG’s move into employment tax data analytics and technology related offerings. Paul comes to us having led some of the largest and most high-profile superannuation and payroll remediation programs in Australia.
We are incredibly proud of our 15 participants this year, not only for the amount they raised but also for their compassion towards Australians who are struggling to find shelter and enduring the cold while living on the streets this winter.
CEO Duane Rogers said, “Of course, it can’t be done without all our team members, staff and the generous donors, and we are humbled by their contributions. Also, a very big congratulations to Partner, Matt Oakey for taking the lead with this firm community initiative for its 7th year, and to Amanda Lee and the Co2 Committee for their organisation and promotion to build awareness of our efforts.”
Matt Oakey says: ” This is the 7th year I have participated in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, and there were two key words from last night: respect and hope. I know that through our participation and fundraising, SW has created hope for the hard working team at Vinnies and the people that need their support. With the increased cost of living, Vinnies have had a 30% increase in requests for assistance. For a wealthy country like Australia, I question why do we have people who are sleeping rough and making choices about paying the rent or food? We need to respect those in our communities who are disadvantaged and help lift them up.”
Here’s what some of our other team members had to say about their experience:
“We heard heart-wrenching stories, that moved me deeply, from some of the people that have been helped by Vinnies’ holistic approach.”Stephen O’Flynn
“Doing the Sleepout is always a great reminder of both how hard it must be to sleep rough night after night and the great work that Vinnies do to assist those in need.”Chris Dexter
“Certainly extremely grateful to have a home. The stories of other experiences were heart wrenching.”Tony Principe
“After one night sleep rough with snoring, having a safe and comfortable place/bed to sleep, it is such a treasure gift.”Vicki Lam
“The food was good, and it wasn’t too cold so I can’t complain at all. The hard floor did made sleeping difficult. And the snoring. ‘Twas a symphony of snoring during the night!”Tom Mullarkey
“It’s hard to imagine anyone sleeping well when sleeping rough – the 11pm and 4am street noise soundscapes gave us a small glimpse of what it can be like.”Luke Fernandes
“In my third year of the CEO Sleepout, the sobering reality of homelessness continues to strike a chord. This event continually reinforces my commitment to channel our collective resources towards addressing and alleviating this issue.”Neville Lin
“So glad to be able to do a small part in tackling a big issue. Being able to hopefully have some families and especially some children get a warm and safe place to sleep is the main reason I help out. Every child has the right to a safe environment to sleep or call home so its important to help. I am proud of the effort by my fellow SW partners to contributing in a small but vital way to addressing the major issue that WA is facing. I urge more people to get involved next year.”John Dorazio
You can still make a donation and it is not too late! Tax deductible donation until 31 July 2023.
This activity supports two of our key SDGs
The Digital Assets (Market Regulation) Act 2023 follows Senator Bragg’s earlier draft, proposed in September 2022. It proposes a licensing regime for anyone offering trading or the exchange of ‘regulated digital assets’, as a subset of the broader ‘digital assets’ definition. It also defines stablecoins and a range of exchange tokens to capture most crypto currencies.
In 2019, Senator Andrew Bragg was appointed as a member of the Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology, which was tasked with investigating and reporting on the opportunities and challenges facing the fintech and regtech sectors in Australia.
The resulting report, known as the Bragg Report, made a number of recommendations for how Australia could position itself as a leader in fintech and regtech. One of the key recommendations was the need for a regulatory framework for digital assets that was both clear and technology-neutral.
Of the 12 recommendations in the Bragg report, 11 were adopted by the incumbent government and public consultation began on custody and licensing requirements.
The Digital Assets Act proposed by Senator Bragg seeks to implement this final recommendation.
The proposed bill introduces licenses for:
The bill would require all digital asset providers to register with ASIC, and would subject them to a range of compliance obligations, including anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing requirements. It would also introduce a new licensing regime for digital asset exchanges, and require them to maintain adequate security measures to protect against cyber threats.
The implications of this bill for Australia’s digital assets sector are significant. By providing a clear and consistent regulatory framework, it will help to reduce the uncertainty that has plagued this sector. It aims to make it easier for businesses to operate in the sector, and encourage greater investment and innovation.
By introducing requirements for digital asset providers to comply with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulations, the bill would also help to improve the overall reputation of the digital assets sector. With greater regulation and certainty, a broader range of investors, including institutional investors, are likely to be more attracted and able to invest in products that have been hindered by reputational concerns.
While the introduction of Senator Bragg’s Digital Assets (Market Regulation) Act 2023 proposesa significant development for Australia’s digital assets sector, it remains to be seen whether the bill will ultimately pass into law. The Australian government has been cautious in its approach to digital assets regulation, and there are likely to be competing priorities and concerns that could impact the bill’s chances of success.
Driving the call for regulation are broader priorities such as AML/CTF issues and customer safeguards, and many SW connections in the sector are keen to stablise the industry and improve the security of, and trust in products. However, some may be concerned about the potential for excessive regulatory burden on business and potentially consider the framework is not flexible enough to adapt to innovation in such a rapidly evolving sector.
Nevertheless, with increasing global recognition of the need for clear and effective regulation of digital assets, there is cause for optimism that Senator Bragg’s bill could ultimately play a key role in positioning Australia as a leading jurisdiction for crypto asset regulation.
SW works extensively with regulated financial services organisations operating in Australia in relation to licensing, internal audit, regulatory compliance, risk management, anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing obligations, data protection mechanisms and tax structuring and compliance.
We have significant sector expertise and experience to support digital asset enterprises with preparatory activity prior to regulation, and necessary licensing and compliance activity when regulation is passed into law.
Reach out to our sector experts for a confidential discussion.
An individual’s retirement savings, held in a complying superannuation fund, is subject to concessional taxation on earnings of income and capital gains. The extent of the tax concession on the super fund earnings will depend on whether the individual has satisfied the conditions for release – this will generally be based on your age and whether you have retired or met a condition of release.
Individuals that are yet to satisfy their condition of release will have their superannuation fund earnings subject to tax at 15% on income. Individuals that have satisfied the super funds condition of release, and have elected to convert some or all of their super fund balance to support a pension, will not be taxed on the earnings arising on that balance.
Importantly the balance that is tax free is limited by the transfer balance cap, which is currently up to $1.7m. Earnings arising on amounts not supporting their pension, or above the transfer balance cap, are subject to 15% tax.
The government is now proposing to limit the concessional 15% tax rate to member balances less than $3m.
It is proposed that, starting from 1 July 2025, for individuals with total superannuation account balances of more than $3m, an additional tax of 15% on earnings will be charged on the balance over $3m.
Earnings on the balance below $3m will continue to be taxed at 15% or 0% depending on whether the fund is in accumulation or pension phase, whereas earnings on funds over the $3m will be taxed at 30%.
For the purposes of administering the additional 15% tax, earnings are calculated as the difference in the total superannuation balance at the start and the end of the financial year, adjusting for withdrawals and contributions.
This means that earnings will include unrealised gains. It also means that any realised capital gains included in the earnings above $3m will potentially not attract the one third CGT discount which applies to superannuation funds.
Where a superannuation fund makes an earnings loss in a financial year, this can be carried forward to reduce the additional tax liability in future years.
Limited details are available on how this tax will be collected, but the announcement provides that:
This proposed change will impact Australians with superannuation account balances greater than $3m.
Estimates provided by the government suggest this will be around 80,000 superannuation members.
Should this change be passed into law, large and small superannuation trustees will also need to consider how their systems will operate to comply with the law.
Below is an example from the fact sheet released by the Treasury:
Carlos is 69 and retired. His SMSF has a superannuation balance of $9 million on 30 June 2025, which grows to $10 million on 30 June 2026.
He draws down $150,000 during the year and makes no additional contributions to the fund.
This means Carlos’s calculated earnings are:
$10 million – $9 million + $150,000 = $1.15 million
His proportion of earnings corresponding to funds above $3 million is:
($10 million – $3 million) ÷ $10 million = 70%
Therefore, his tax liability for 2025-26 is:
15% × $1.15 million × 70% = $120,750
The government is consulting the superannuation industry and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the implementation of the measure.
SW will be monitoring for new announcements and will keep you updated once more information is available.
Please reach out to your SW Partner or contact if you would like assistance determining whether you are affected by the change, or advice on structuring your superannuation account.
Ampol Group (Ampol) is an Australian energy company that operates in the fuel and convenience retail sector. Its subsidiaries in Singapore (Ampol Singapore) serve as a trading and shipping arm of the group, sourcing refined products and crude oil from outside Australia to provide secure and cost-competitive supply to Ampol’s customers. Ampol Singapore functions as an offshore procurement hub for Ampol Australia and has over 100 employees as of December 31, 2022.
On 20 February 2023, it was reported that Ampol had reached a settlement with the ATO regarding the tax treatment of earnings by Ampol Singapore from transactions with Ampol Australia.
The settlement covers the transfer pricing outcomes of refined products and crude oil between Ampol Singapore and Ampol Australia from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2022. It also locks in the tax outcomes of the arrangement for future periods until 2033. The settlement also addresses how Australia’s Controlled Foreign Companies (CFC) regime will apply to the profits of Ampol Singapore.
Transfer pricing is the practice of setting the price for goods and services transferred between related entities within a corporate group. The ATO has been actively enforcing transfer pricing rules to ensure that related entities within a corporate group are charging each other an appropriate price for goods and services.
The CFC regime is designed to prevent Australian companies from using offshore entities to avoid paying Australian tax on foreign profits.
The settlement is expected to resolve transfer pricing issues related to Ampol Singapore’s transactions with Ampol Australia and provide clarity on the tax treatment of these transactions going forward.
While full details of the settlement are covered by confidentiality provisions, the outcomes include:
The ATO’s Tax Avoidance Taskforce has been focusing on offshore procurement hubs to prevent profit shifting and excessive pricing of imported goods and services in an effort to reduce tax paid in Australia.
The ATO has raised tax liabilities of $30.6 billion from large public and private groups and multinationals over the period 2016 to 2022, with the Taskforce contributing over 60% of this amount.
The number of disputes resolved via settlements has increased by nearly 10% from 2020 to 2022, with the majority of settlements occurring at pre-audit or audit stage.
The scope of ATO’s independent review in large market disputes that involve transfer pricing issues is now restricted.
Settlement can be a practical solution to reach long-term tax certainty for taxpayers, as seen in the Ampol case.
However, defensible transfer pricing policies and adequate documentation remain critical for taxpayers involving complex or material cross-border related party dealings, such as offshore procurement hubs, to mitigate potential risk of ATO’s compliance actions.
Taxpayers engaging in cross-border related party dealings need to ensure that their transfer pricing policies and documentation are in line with ATO’s expectations to avoid potential disputes that cost enormous time and resources of taxpayers.
With the ATO’s increasing focus on offshore procurement hubs, it is important for taxpayers to stay informed of the latest developments in transfer pricing regulations and seek expert advice where necessary.
To avoid expensive disputes and ensure your transfer pricing requirements and compliance are up to date, reach out to our global transfer pricing specialist or your SW relationship Partner.
The Taxpayer Alert notes that participants in, and promoters of these types of arrangements, may be subject to penalties, including promotor penalties under Div 290 of Sch 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.
Division 7A (Div 7A) is a far reaching set of provisions the essential purpose of which is to treat certain payments and non-commercial loans made by private companies to shareholders or their associates as a distribution of profits and therefore a deemed (unfranked) dividend.
For a deemed dividend to arise, the relevant private company must have what is referred to in the legislation as a ‘distributable surplus’ (which is very broadly profits, reserves or surplus funds from which a dividend could theoretically be declared).
Arrangements that are flagged by Taxpayer Alert TA 2023/1 as being high risk and in the crosshairs of the Commissioner are arrangements along the following lines:
TA 2023/1 also indicates that the Commissioner would be equally concerned should a similar arrangement be entered into where the relevant shareholder is a trust, rather than an individual.
On the basis that arrangements such as the above exhibit a high degree of contrivance and would appear to be motivated by an objective of avoiding the application of Division 7A, TA 2023/1 notes that the Commissioner would be likely to challenge the arrangement on the following alternative bases:
While the circumstances at which TA 2023/1 are directed are quite specific and may not affect many of our clients, the Taxpayer Alert highlights the efforts that the ATO are applying to enforce Division 7A.
Should you have any queries in relation to this Taxpayer Alert or Division 7A more generally, please reach out to your SW contact or Key Contacts here.
For the sixth year, we deliver an interactive 5-part seminar series to aspiring and emerging leaders in the Property Fund Management sector, with direct access to leading industry experts and their experience, strategic industry insights and pitfalls, and key issues ranging from structuring, debt and equity through to legal and compliance.
Facilitated by our property funds specialists, featuring content developed alongside industry, each session features practical working considerations and discussions with market leaders.
Session 1 | Fundamentals for Success – Part 1
11 October 2022 | Melbourne
The introductory session provides a brief overview of the series structure before hearing first-hand from industry specialists the key lessons they’ve learnt, what challenged them the most, what worked, what didn’t and tips on building the right team.
Session 2 | Fundamentals for Success – Part 2
10 November 2022 | Melbourne
How do you separate your business fund from your personal assets? Learn how to protect yourself, your funds and the appropriate ownership structures recommended to protect your investment and maximise your return.
Session 3 | Fund Structuring
8 December 2022 | Sydney
You may have a plan, but do you know which fund structure will give you the best competitive advantage? The industry experts will talk you through the fund structure matrix which covers local and international equity, fee structure and more.
Session 4 | Debt & Equity
9 February 2023 | Melbourne
Everything you need to consider and what to avoid in modern-day financing. Identify both the traditional and alternative methods for obtaining funding, how to strike a deal with the banks and how best to raise your debt and equity.
Session 5 | Legal, Regulatory & Compliance
9 March 2023 | Sydney
Ensuring your i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed are important for the property funds management industry. Our experts will talk you through the documentation and practical application involved in your fund set-up and provide tips on avoiding common pit-falls to ensure you stay compliant.
4 – 6pm, mid-month, minimising disruption to your day, week and month
Cost (exc. GST)
Partner, Assurance and Advisory Services
Director, Business & Private Client Advisory
Director, Corporate Finance
If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact the Marketing team via [email protected].
We are also finalists again for Most Innovative Firm and, in recognition of the value we place on client service, a finalist for Best CX Firm.
“A special thank you to our clients for their ongoing support and to our people, who are dedicated to delivering consistent and outstanding service and outcomes, “ said Mr Duane Rogers, CEO of SW.
“As a values-led culture, we place great emphasis on building strong and trusted relationships with our clients that aim to add value. For the past two years, our people and our clients have had to overcome many challenges together, so it’s very pleasing to receive this independent recognition of our client-first thinking and dedication to supporting our clients.
“Over the past 12 months the economy has faced shock after shock, but these results tell us professional services firms have been there every step of the way for their clients,” said Dr George Beaton, Executive Chairman of beaton.
“The calibre of entrants this year was very high, but by reviewing over 15,000 pieces of client feedback we were able to determine who is the best of the best. It is those firms who can differentiate themselves and offer superior client experience who achieve success in the Client Choice Awards.”
The Client Choice Awards recognise best practice in the professional services sector and are based on client feedback for professional services firms in Australia and New Zealand. There are no panels, judges or self-nominations, only client ratings that are independently researched by Beaton Consulting + Research (‘beaton’).
The Awards reward firms and professional practitioners for excellent client service, expertise in clients’ areas of need, innovation and superior client experience. These are the only multi-profession and fully client-judged Awards anywhere in the world. The Client Choice Awards is now in it’s 18th year, with 250+ firms entering in 2022. Over 15,000 pieces of client feedback were used to adjudicate the awards.
“We are honoured to again be part of this highly regarded independent annual research undertaken for professional services firms across Australia and New Zealand, and wish all finalists the best for the award announcements,” said Mr Rogers.
The beaton team is dedicated to providing professional services firms with insights and advice related to their clients and business performance.
“Every firm that enters the Client Choice Awards is to be commended for their commitment to client feedback. These objective and independent Awards reward firms that have a culture of client-centricity and continuous improvement,” said Dr Beaton.
Covid-19 continues to present significant challenges with labour shortages, supply chain issues and inflationary pressures. Australian businesses want to know how Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will tackle our economic recovery.
Join us for the 2022/23 Federal Budget Webinar where we will bring you expert insights into challenges and potential opportunities, tailored for your industry or business sector.
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Current Managing Partner, Danny Armstrong, will continue with the firm as the leader of SW’s Banking Industry Group.
A chartered accountant by training, Mr Rogers has been with SW since 2014. He was previously an audit partner with one of Australia’s leading mid-tier firms.
“I’m excited to lead the firm through the next phase of its evolution. There will be a focus on national growth and building on our existing areas of strength, to continue to deliver value to our clients, whilst providing an engaging and flexible environment for our people,” said Mr Rogers.
“I look forward to working with the Board and our teams in bringing this strategy to life.
“It has been a privilege to work with Danny during his tenure as Managing Partner and we are extremely fortunate he will continue providing key advisory services for our clients given his strong background and experience in the Australian and Asian banking sectors and deep knowledge of export and trade,” said Mr Rogers.
Said Mr Armstrong: “Since joining SW, Duane has been an integral leader on the SW Executive Committee as Chief Operating Officer and has supported the firm’s growth agenda.
“He has been recognised by Partners and SW teams alike for his exceptional leadership through a global pandemic and he has been instrumental in helping design and implement measures to support the development of the firm’s new new workplace strategy as we work towards the launch of new working environments nationally.”
SW also announced the appointment of Stephen O’Flynn as the Chair of SW. Stephen has been with the firm for 25 years. He has led the National Tax team, is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and chairs the Financial Services Industry Group.
He looks forward to working with Duane as he implements the firm’s strategy and will continue as a Director within the Tax group, supporting clients across the Property Funds, Education and Government sectors.
Tax Director and Chair of the Agribusiness Industry Group, Sam Morris, steps into the role as National Tax Leader.