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Ian MacPherson
Associate Director - Sydney

Office : Sydney
Service : Tax services

With over 20 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, Ian’s focus is on taxation law and corporate law.   

In addition to being the firm’s foremost authority on Australian Taxation Office practices, rulings and case law decisions, Ian also offers a wealth of industry specialist expertise, particular in the building and construction industry, registered clubs and societies, educational and religious institutions and other tax exempt organisations.

In today’s business world, where advice cannot live in isolation but is part of a complex legal and accounting framework, Ian has the necessary skills and industry experience to provide real solutions to complex problems.

Solutions Ian provides

Ian provides taxation consulting and compliance services in the following areas:

  • GST compliance reviews, margin scheme advice and calculations, and advice for property developers and property owners
  • technical tax advice on a range of issues including, income tax, taxation of registered clubs and societies, and capital gains tax matters
  • tax due diligence reviews including internal audit risk reviews of payroll tax, FBT and GST policies and procedures of public sector entities
  • payroll matters, including salary packaging and advice on employment taxes

SigniFIcant projects

  • A GST and margin scheme project involving a Melbourne landmark property development
  • Implementation and preparation of salary packaging and FBT policies for an iconic Sydney club including salary package reviews of all executive staff
  • Leading tax investigator in relation to a NSW Government appointment concerning the investigation of the affairs of the NSW peak representative body in Aboriginal AffairsIan MacPherson is an Associate Director of Tax Services in Sydney. Ian’s main focus is on taxation law and corporate law.
  • Co-author of COAAAP Course Materials – (COAAAP is the Australian Taxation Office 'Field Officer Advance Audit & Accounting Program' run by the University of New South Wales)


  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Fellow, The Tax Institute
  • Taxation Discussion Group No. 7 (TIA)


  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Sydney
  • Advance Tax, Taxation Institute of Australia
  • Masters of Taxation, University of Sydney


Employee Home Office Expenses

12 June 2020
Due to the spread of COVID-19 and Government lockdown measures, most employees across Australia are relishing in the flexibility of being able to work from home. While businesses adapt to the unprecedented mass work from home environment, with 30 June 2020 looming, many employees are left asking ‘what deductions can I claim in my tax return?’. ...

Budget 2016 - Property & Construction

4 May 2016
Key announcements No changes to negative gearing as expected.  National Infrastructure Plan – the Government reaffirmed its commitment to invest $50 billion in infrastructure in relation to various projects across the States and Territories. Reduction in the company tax rate to 27.5% from 1 July 2016 for businesses with a turnover ...