Balancing taxation obligations and business growth

Working with a tax lawyer from Miller Harris Lawyers means you will have a clear understanding of your tax law obligations and their potential impact on your business.  Many businesses find it difficult to strike the right balance between meeting their tax obligations and achieving their long term commercial objectives. Tax law is a complex area and the potential implications of non-compliance are significant. The commercial tax lawyers at Miller Harris Lawyers work innovatively to implement strategies that encourage long term growth but also ensure the requirements of relevant taxation legislation are met.  We have provided tax law advice to many Cairns and North Queensland business across on a broad range of taxation law issues.

It is important to consider and implement proactive taxation strategies, particularly when establishing a new business structure, as the costs of compliance and/or restructuring can be significant if the appropriate structure is not implemented from the outset. Miller Harris Lawyers can assist you in determining the most appropriate corporate structure for your operations and the taxation implications and matters that should be considered when formulating this structure. We are also able to advise established businesses on a wide range of taxation matters and can also assist with the management of disputes with the Australian Taxation Office and other revenue authorities.

We offer legal advice and services for:

State Government taxes

We understand the legal implications on your business and property dealings of all state taxes including transfer duty, land tax and payroll tax.

Capital gains tax

Whether you are purchasing or selling a property, business or other assets, understanding the potential capital gains tax implications of the transaction is an important step which can often be overlooked. Whatever stage of development your business and/or property interests are at, we can offer informed and specific advice regarding the application of capital gains tax, including advice on structuring transactions with capital gains tax implications in mind.

Goods and services tax

While many businesses have a good understanding of their day-to-day GST obligations, there a number of exemptions and finer subtleties around the application of GST which many business operators may not be familiar with. Miller Harris Lawyers can provide advice on the application of GST legislation and rulings to your organisation and can also assist with drafting GST clauses for contacts and agreements, assessing the GST implications of business sales, mergers and acquisitions, property transactions and private ruling applications. We can also assist with GST dispute management.

Prosecutions, objections and appeals

Businesses can unwittingly find themselves the subject of prosecution as a result of a failure to meet their tax obligations. Miller Harris Lawyers can offer you comprehensive knowledge of tax legislation and processes to assist in mounting a defence or implementing future strategies that ensure compliance moving forward.

Meet the experts in

Sean Walsh


Sean is an experienced business and commercial lawyer, having practised exclusively in these areas for almost 30 years.

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Ashley Jan

Senior Associate

Ashley works in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution division, where his passion for problem solving and helping others, drives his determination to achieve the best outcomes for clients.

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