Welcome to SMH - Your Partner in Tax

Disputes with the ATO can cost you everything.  You are guilty until you prove yourself innocent and even if you successfully challenge an ATO determination, it can often be too late.

If you are unlucky enough to get into a fight with the ATO following an audit, their powers are extra-ordinary:

  • they can issue you with a tax bill and commence legal action to collect it, even if they are wrong. 
  • they may even refer you to the Australian Federal Police for prosecution for fraud for something as simple as under-reporting your income.

SMH Tax Lawyers specialise in tax litigation, that is, fighting the ATO.  We are not accountants but expert tax lawyers who also act for and with many large accounting groups.  We specialise in interpreting and explaining taxation legislation, which is amongst the most complex law in Australia. We also assist clients and accountants with tax planning and reducing the likelihood of future disputes with the ATO.

Our record of success against the ATO, including private rulings, negotiations, objections and appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court, ensures you are in safe and experienced hands.

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Our services

Although our full suite of services is more comprehensive, our particular expertise covers:

  • Reducing payroll tax
  • Tax Litigation
  • Eliminating stamp duty on transfers
  • Corporate limited partnerships
  • Trust distributions
  • Tax effective divorce
  • Trust cloning and trust splitting
  • Corporation re-organisations
  • Tax appeals - AAT and Federal Court
  • Negotiations with the ATO for payments
  • Assisting with audits

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Our Tax Law

SMH Tax Lawyers offer a range of options for handling our client's taxation matters, from litigation, negotiation, providing taxation advice and co-operative planning services.
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Client testimonials

"Dear David, Just a short note to express mine and Elly's thanks to you and Michelle for all your efforts in our battle with the ATO. From our first meeting to our successful conclusion you guys were awesome not only in your accurate and sound advice but also in all communications. Just dealing with David with this most concerning situation, he made Elly and I feel straight away that we were in very good and professional hands (a great comfort). We have no hesitation in recommending SMH to others. Our warmest thanks. "

Kevin & Elly

"Excellent! We were very happy with the service and really appreciated all David's advice. Kellie was also fantastic! She was confident, on the ball and knew what needed to be done. "

Wendy & Paul

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Phone:+ 61 7 5552 6666
Fax:+ 61 7 5528 0955
Email:info@smh.net.au
Address:Level 2, 17 Welch St Southport, Qld, 4215
Postal:PO Box 1876
Southport 4215

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