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Helen O'Brien
Consultant - Perth

Office : Perth
Service : Tax services

Helen has worked in the profession for over 25 years, commencing her career in Australia and was the top prizewinner in the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand exams. Following completion of her masters degree she moved to the UK to work in an accounting firm. She returned to Australia in 2000 and has since been heavily involved in goods and services tax advice, reviews and presentations, as well as managing income tax compliance services to clients in various industries.

Solutions Helen provides

Taxation consulting on:

  • income tax
  • capital gains tax
  • FBT
  • GST

Significant projects

In the UK, Helen was responsible for rolling out the new PwC audit approach to over 500 staff which involved writing and presenting material, putting procedures in place to ensure compliance including conducting subsequent quality assurance reviews.

One of Helen’s major assignments since returning to Australia involved overseeing tax compliance and advice for RSM’s major clients in Western Australia, including tax consolidation.

Helen’s current major clients are largely involved in the mining, construction and engineering industries, including several listed companies where she provides tax compliance and tax advice, including GST and FBT reviews.

Professional associations

  • Associate member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Chartered tax advisor, The Tax Institute


  • Bachelor of Commerce (Sydney University)
  • Master of Economics - Professional Accounting (Macquarie University)

Long-term construction contract ruling | Draft ruling issued

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In 1987, Aretha Franklin finally got the respect she deserved by being the first woman inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Also that same year, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) released Income Tax Ruling IT 2450 to determine how to return income and recognise expenses on long-term construction contracts. Long-term construction ...

A look at the 2015/16 Budget - which measures were enacted?

4 May 2016
A number of announcements from the 2015/16 Budget remain unenacted, with many of these announced measures yet to be introduced into Parliament as bills.  The link below lists the taxation measures that: have been passed and have become law; have been introduced into Parliament; and are yet to be introduced into Parliament. Whils...