Category: ASX

BHP willing to head to court against ATO tax bill

BHP is willing to head to court to fight the Australian Taxation Office on a more than $1 billion tax bill over its Singapore marketing hub. The world’s largest miner has continually defended its Singapore marketing hub, where it is accused of routing profits, and says it is confident of… – Continue reading

Investors face higher tax bills on stapled securities

The federal government is considering doubling the tax rate applied to more than $199 billion worth of so-called stapled structures, in a move that experts say could scare off foreign investors. Separate securities, such as a share in a company and a unit in a trust, can be stapled together… – Continue reading

China stocks jump amid global rally on Fed minutes

Fed decision due after December 15-16 meeting Hong Kong and mainland Chinese stocks both closed significantly higher on Thursday, adding to a global stock rally after minutes from the US Federal Reserve’s October meeting sent a stronger signal about a possible December rate increase. The Hang Seng Index advanced 1.4… – Continue reading

Transparency is best tonic for multinational tax avoidance

‘Special purpose’ approach by accountants hides corporate secrets Amid the maelstrom over the GST, the Senate last night passed what may be the most useful piece of legislation yet to combat multinational tax avoidance. The new law was not carried by the government, whose track record on tackling big tax… – Continue reading

Six ways the ATO uses data to catch tax-dodgers

How analytics will nab cheaters. Tomorrow is the Australian Taxation Office’s official cutoff for 2014-15 personal tax returns. Will you be tempted to tell fibs about your income? How will the tax man ever know? Take note: it may already know – or at least can find out – a… – Continue reading

Labor’s senate inquiry wants a ‘name and shame’ register for tax dodgers

New transparency requirements could see tax-dodging companies being listed on a ‘name and shame’ register, a Senate committee has proposed. The Australian Tax Office would also be forced to disclose all tax avoidance settlements which exceed a proposed $100 million threshold, Fairfax has reported. In addition, companies based in Australia… – Continue reading

Complaint lodged with ASX over Adani job claims for Carmichael mine

A complaint has been lodged with the ASX alleging an announcement about Australia’s biggest coal development contained misleading information about the project’s economic potential. In December last year Downer EDI Limited announced to the ASX its partnership with Adani Mining, to provide services for the controversial Carmichael mine in central… – Continue reading