Damian O’Connor, Principal, tax + law, Brisbane
Damian is a Tax Lawyer and Chartered Tax Advisor with clients in Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, around Australia and overseas.
He has been helping clients with Corporate, Commercial and Tax aspects of their businesses for 18 years, most recently as a tax partner with national law firms, following 23 years with the Australian Taxation Office as an investigator and auditor and in other roles.
Damian has assisted many clients with the tax complications of planning and structuring their business and financial affairs, and has successfully managed taxation audits (including payroll tax and state duty dealings), debt and penalty negotiations, Director Penalty claims, private rulings, objections and tax appeals to the AAT and the Federal Courts.
He has considerable experience working for clients when the going gets tough, and has defended tax prosecutions and managed many contentious, complex, high risk and high stress tax matters, including Project Wickenby raids.
Damian regularly presents seminars on Tax aspects of business transactions, family law, trusts and estates, Division 7A, superannuation and most other areas of tax law for a range of organisations including Television Education Network, Law Institute of Victoria, Queensland Law Society, North Queensland Law Association, the Tax Institute, Griffith University, QUT, Law Central, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, Australian Stock Reports and Legalwise.