Stewart is a taxation lawyer specialising in tax audits and disputes. He acts for clients in relation to resolution processes that will expedite the conclusion of audits or enquiries.
Stewart’s taxation disputes practice is “end-to-end”, which means that he advises clients on all aspects of the front-end of the dispute. This includes the conduct of taxation risk reviews and audits, as well as all aspects of the back-end of the dispute which may involve alternative dispute resolution processes or litigation.
He also advises clients not already in a dispute with a revenue authority on how to avoid such disputes, and assists those already in a taxation dispute with advice on how the dispute can be resolved as expeditiously and advantageously to the client as possible.
Stewart acts for major corporate clients in the conduct of ATO audits and enquiries, and has for a number of years been listed as one of Australia’s Best Taxation Lawyers and in the International Tax Review Tax Disputes Leaders Guide.
Acting for the Australian subsidiary of a major global information technology group in relation to an Australian Taxation Office audit of the subsidiary’s Australian operations.
Acting for an Australian subsidiary of a major global manufacturing group in relation to an Australian Taxation Office Large Business Audit.
From 1993 to present, advised Foster’s and its subsidiaries in relation to various Australian Taxation Office risk reviews and audits.
From 2012 to 2014, acted for a privately owned company in relation to an Australian Taxation Office audit.
From 2007 to 2011, acted for a number of Foster’s Group companies in Federal Court and Full Federal Court proceedings concerning the deductibility of bad debts and interest outgoings totalling approximately $2.8 billion.
In 2014, acted for the Law Institute of Victoria in relation to Supreme Court proceedings concerning the LIV’s payroll tax status.
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