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Sanjeev Fernandez, Deloitte Australia, is a partner in the indirect tax practice. Sanjeev works across the Sydney and Western Sydney Deloitte offices in New South Wales and leads the Western Sydney indirect tax practice.
Sanjeev has more than 12 years' experience in advising clients on a range of indirect taxes including GST as well as fuel tax credits and customs and excise. He advises on all aspects of indirect tax planning, compliance and implementation. He is regularly contacted by the Australian Taxation Office on technical matters applying across a range of sectors.
Sanjeev is a leading advisor to the public sector, and advises a number of key public sector agencies across Australia. In addition to his public sector practice, he continues to advise across many other areas including real estate, consumer business, M&A and cross-border transactions.
Sanjeev holds a Bachelor of laws and Bachelor of commerce from Macquarie University, as well as a Master of laws from the University of Sydney. He has also been admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and is an affiliate of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Sanjeev has a reputation for providing innovative and practical indirect tax solutions to his clients. With this focus, Sanjeev and his team have established a proven track record of delivering significant value-add opportunities for clients.
Gary Funston, Deloitte Australia, leads the Melbourne indirect tax team.
Gary has more than 25 years' experience providing indirect tax services in professional services firms, including more than 15 years as a partner. He advises many of Australia's leading corporate and government clients in all aspects of indirect tax law, including matters that have been successfully litigated in the Federal Court of Australia. He is regularly sought out by the Corporate Tax Association to present to its members on GST and other indirect tax matters.
Gary has a bachelor of commerce degree from Melbourne University as well as an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
He is a fellow of the Tax Institute, a member of CPA Australia and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Gary has a reputation for providing practical and often innovative advice and solutions to clients and working with colleagues from other service lines to deliver optimal, whole-of-firm solutions.
Jon Graham, Deloitte Australia, is the Asia Pacific indirect tax leader and chief operations officer for tax.
Jon has more than 27 years of experience advising on global value added tax (VAT), goods and services tax (GST) customs duty, excise and fuel tax. He has held a variety of roles during his career, including VAT inspector with the UK revenue authority, HM Revenue & Customs, in-house VAT manager with Hambros Bank in London and partner in charge of the indirect tax team for Deloitte Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In 1999, Jon was seconded to Australia for two years to assist clients with the implementation of the GST. He returned permanently to Australia in March 2006 and is based in Deloitte Australia's Sydney office.
Jon advises across many industry sectors and on all aspects of indirect tax planning and compliance. He has a reputation for providing innovative and practical solutions to clients in the field of indirect tax, including assisting clients with disputes through alternative dispute resolution and litigation and negotiation with senior levels in tax authorities.
Jon has a number of qualifications and memberships, including at the Taxation Institute of Australia, the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the UK Institute of Taxation, and the UK Association of Taxation Technicians.
John Koutsogiannis, Deloitte Australia, is the partner in charge of the indirect tax team, which includes approximately 75 dedicated indirect tax specialists, 11 of whom are partners.
John is a recognised professional and thought leader in matters related to government, cross-border transactions, real estate and other industries. He advises clients on all aspects of GST/VAT planning and compliance. He is regularly consulted by central agencies and the Australian Taxation Office on GST technical matters.
John and his team have established a reputation for providing innovative and practical indirect tax solutions to clients, including obtaining significant GST refunds through value added opportunities and negotiating such refunds with the tax authorities at the most senior level. John is also experienced in providing consultancy and expert services, assisting clients with disputes.
John has a number of qualifications and memberships. He regularly participates at forums for the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAA), the Australian Society of CPAs and the Taxation Institute of Australia. He is a member of the GST sub-committees for both the ICAA and Property Council of Australia, where he actively debates GST matters related to technical and compliance issues.
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Anastasia Little, Deloitte Australia, a partner within the Perth indirect tax practice has more than 15 years' experience advising on the commercial implications and technical aspects of indirect taxes (including, GST, fuel taxes, customs and VAT) across the oil & gas, hard rock mining, utilities and retail sectors.
Before Anastasia's 12 years consulting within the Big 4, she was a part of the Australian Tax Office's review and litigation team, helping to shape the tax landscape through GST's implementation in 2000.
Anastasia has extensive experience in advising on international VAT and customs issues, in consultation with Deloitte's national customs team. Her experience extends to advising on GST and fuel tax compliance and risks, notably in the mining, oil and gas and related service industries. Anastasia's experience in consulting with clients includes expertise in undertaking GST and fuel tax credit (FTC) reviews to ensure compliance with GST obligations and the maximisation of FTC claims and managing GST and FTC audits.
Rodger Muir, Deloitte Australia, is a partner in the New South Wales indirect tax team, working closely with seven indirect tax partners and approximately other 70 staff nationwide.
He has more than 30 years of experience working with GST in Australia and New Zealand, and has been a partner with international accounting firms since 1988. In 1999 he moved to Australia to assist with the introduction of GST and has been in practice as an indirect tax consulting partner ever since.
Rodger has provided a wide range of GST advisory services to both corporate and government clients, and has significant experience in the financial services and government sectors. This experience includes system and process review, Australia Taxation Office interaction, apportionment methodology innovation and review, the application of analytics within the GST environment, and complex transactions. He has also worked extensively on M&A, from due diligence and transaction structuring on acquisition, day-to-day compliance in GST matters post acquisition and GST considerations on disposal.
Rodger has also presented at numerous conferences and public forums, and conducted many training sessions in different jurisdictions on a variety of aspects of tax. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Amelia O'Rourke, Deloitte Australia, is a director in the indirect tax practice in Sydney. She has almost 20 years of experience advising on indirect taxes and has held a variety of consulting, corporate and government roles over the course of her career.
Amelia advises large corporate clients on all aspects of GST across a range of industry sectors. She is particularly recognised the depth of her financial services knowledge, having previously worked for five years as an in-house GST advisor for two of Australia's largest financial institutions.
Amelia has extensive experience in interacting with revenue authorities, including audit defence and dispute resolution, and is regularly consulted by the Commissioner of Taxation on GST technical matters.
Amelia began her career in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and was a member of the team that designed and drafted Australia's GST legislation. She has performed the role of assistant commissioner responsible for liaison between the ATO, Treasury and Parliament and has also worked in the Assistant Treasurer's office and in the Treasury's indirect tax policy group.
Kevin O'Rourke, Deloitte Australia, is a partner in the indirect tax practice in Sydney and has more than 30 years of taxation experience in both the public and private sector. He advises major corporate clients on all aspects of GST.
Kevin has a number of leading roles within the tax profession. He is co-chair of the Australian Taxation Office's GST stewardship group, chair of the indirect tax committee for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of the taxation committee of the Law Council of Australia.
Kevin is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia, and was the instructing solicitor in the landmark GST case involving Qantas before the High Court.
He holds a Master of laws degree and a Bachelor of arts degree from the University of Queensland.
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Jonathan Paul, Deloitte Australia, leads the indirect taxes group in Brisbane.
Jonathan started his career in Deloitte UK's London office. In early 2000, with the introduction of the GST in full swing, he moved to Australia. Jonathan has more than sixteen years' experience advising some of Australia's largest companies, as well as international and government clients on all aspects of GST.
He has extensive experience managing ATO audits and has helped clients with systems and compliance reviews. Jonathan's focus areas include international trade, energy and resources, e-commerce and providing GST advice to companies involved in acquisitions, divestments and IPOs.
Jonathan's experience also covers other areas of indirect taxes including customs and fuel tax credits including risk management, compliance, due diligences, tax audits and dispute resolution with the Australian Taxation Office.
Jonathan has a number of qualifications and memberships including the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Taxation Institute of Australia.
André Spnovic, Deloitte Australia, is a partner in the Brisbane indirect tax team.
André is an Australian indirect taxes professional with more than 20 years of experience as a reputable advisor across a range of indirect taxes. André's primary areas of extensive experience are in GST, Australia-wide stamp duties and fuel tax credits, although he also advises on wine equalisation taxes (WET), luxury car taxes (LCT), and customs and excise duties.
André provides transaction advisory, Australian Taxation Office dispute resolution, indirect tax risk management and compliance support to a range of clients across all industries, particularly in the small to medium enterprise (SME) market, and has forged a reputation for developing and providing timely, practical and innovative solutions to his clients.
He also regularly presents at Tax Institute and ICAA events and is fortunate to also count a number of legal and accounting firms as part of his recurring client base given his specific proficiency and experience in the application of GST in the real property, retail/consumer business, travel and tourism, and gaming industries.
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Michael Towler, Deloitte Australia, is an indirect tax partner with more than 25 years of experience and leads the indirect tax practice in Perth.
Michael's experience covers a range of indirect taxes including GST, VAT, customs and fuel tax credits including risk management, compliance, due diligences and reporting matters, tax audits and dispute resolution with the Australian Taxation Office.
Michael's clients have included domestic and international clients from a wide variety of industries but he has a particular focus on indirect tax matters relevant to the mining and oil and gas sectors across GST/VAT, and fuel tax credit schemes.
Before joining Deloitte in Australia in 1999 Michael held a VAT consulting role in London, UK after several years as a VAT officer with HM Revenue and Customs.
Michael is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
David Ware, Deloitte Australia, leads the Australian customs and global trade team. He advises multinationals and Australia's leading companies across all sectors and on all aspects of customs and global trade law (including import, export and excise).
David has worked in Big 4 firms for more than 14 years. He has worked both in Australia and in the United States, where he worked for three years in the Deloitte US customs and global trade team. David was responsible for the development of the Deloitte firms' customs data analytics software, Customs Radar. This software identifies customs opportunities and risks for importers through sophisticated data analytics. Following the success of Customs Radar in Australia, David has led the global roll-out of Global Trade Radar, Deloitte's new global customs data analytics software.
David has a bachelor of law (honours) and a bachelor of commerce from the University of Queensland as well as a graduate diploma in legal practice from the College of Law. David has also been admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and is a member of the Law Council of Australia Customs and the International Trade Committee. David has a reputation in the market for providing practical and innovative customs & global trade solutions to clients.
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