Since joining SW, Simon has become a trusted technical specialist, delivering innovative solutions in all areas of income tax law. Simon has an extraordinarily deep and broad technical knowledge and quickly understands, applies and retains complex legislation.
Simon joined SW in 2007 following four and a half years working in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). During his time at the ATO Simon developed deep expertise in international tax issues, and as a result, became responsible for several high profile audits dealing with foreign structuring. Simon has developed a high degree of familiarity with the ATO’s audit and dispute resolution process and has an insider’s understanding of the ATO’s information gathering powers, having exercised such powers first-hand. This experience has been invaluable to a number of Simon’s clients who have been subject to various degrees of ATO audit and examination.
Simon is the leader of the SW’s Financial Services Industry Group and has accordingly worked extensively with our financial services clients, including ASX listed and unlisted funds, fund managers, financial services platform operators, insurance providers and Insurance brokers.
Notwithstanding Simon’s breadth of tax and commercial knowledge, he has a particular client focus on corporate international tax, and regularly advises clients on issues dealing with the application of controlled foreign company rules, thin capitalisation, and the operation of Australia’s double tax treaty network. Simon’s depth of knowledge in this area is well known in the industry, having been published on several occasions for articles written in relation to Australian international tax.
Simon has worked with numerous listed and unlisted corporate tax clients in the property funds management, manufacturing and mining industries. Consequently Simon has developed significant tax effect accounting expertise, allowing him to assist in the development of the firm’s Complete Tax Solutions (CTS) software and, more importantly, work collaboratively with clients to deliver on their year-end reporting obligations.
Simon is a Partner of SW Audit and a Director of SW Accountants & Advisors Pty Ltd.