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Liam Delahunty
Partner - Sydney

Biography

Liam leads the International Tax and Transfer Pricing practice at RSM Australia.

He has over 20 years of experience, 17 of which was with 'Big 4' accounting firms, and has previously worked in both London and New York for over 8 years.

Liam has overall responsibility for providing transfer pricing and international tax compliance and advisory services to RSM Australia’s clients - from large multinationals to start-ups – to help them navigate the range of existing and emerging tax risks that arise for groups operating cross-border.

Although focussing on Australian tax law, Liam is also familiar with a range of foreign tax jurisdictions, particularly the UK, US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.

He regularly authors thought leadership articles on various matters, such as Australia’s hybrid mismatch regime, ATO focus areas including intangibles, the OECD Pillar 1 and 2 initiative, and other topical issues.

Liam Delahunty is a partner of RSM Australia Partners and a Director of RSM Australia.

SOLUTIONS LIAM PROVIDES

  • Transfer pricing
  • Financing
  • Business restructuringLiam Delahunty is a Director in the Tax Services division in Sydney.
  • Offshore expansion
  • Intellectual property optimisation
  • OECD BEPS project issues
  • Hybrid mismatch arrangements
  • Diverted profits tax
  • Multi-national anti-avoidance
  • Double tax treaty issues
  • ATO engagement

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Chartered Accountant, Charted Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Legal Practitioner, Law Society of New South Wales

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Solicitor of the High Court (England and Wales)
  • Solicitor of the High Court (New Zealand)
Publications

Updated market valuation guidance from the ATO

23 January 2023
This Tax Insight examines the updated guidance issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in October 2022 on market valuation for tax purposes. Importance of Market Valuation in a Tax Context Valuing an asset can be challenging. This is particularly so in the context of the Australian tax system, which features at least 206 different pr...

Tax Insights | November 2022 edition

30 November 2022
November 2022 edition The latest tax updates for you and your business Keep up to date with the latest Australian and International tax news from our market-leading experts. THE TAX LIBRARY Are you giving the gift of FBT this Christmas? Let us help you avoid the FBT hangover As the silly season gets underway and with many emplo...

Tax implications for significant global entities and country-by-country reporting entities

3 October 2022
Multinational groups with operations in Australia must understand the critical concepts of Significant Global Entity (SGE) and a Country-by-Country Reporting Entity (CbCRE) as these trigger numerous targeted integrity and tax transparency measures, and potentially a draconian penalty regime. Generally, this is targeted at larger groups with global revenues of more than A$1 billion.

Government priorities for further counteraction of perceived multinational tax avoidance

31 August 2022
Documents recently issued by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) and Treasury have shed light on potential design features of the Government’s Plan to Ensure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax (the “Plan”), particularly in relation to the ‘tax havens integrity’ measure proposed to apply to certain offshore royalty payments. W...

Tax Insights | July 2022 edition

1 August 2022
In our July 2022 edition of Tax Insights, we take a look at recent ATO guidance on hybrid mismatch rules, how you can stay on top of your ATO debt, and a Royalty Withholding Tax explainer video.

ATO provides guidance on hybrid mismatch rules

12 July 2022
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has  recently published Taxation Determination TD 2022/9 regarding the hybrid mismatch rules. TD 2022/9 has affirmed and finalised the position previously espoused in Draft Taxation Determination TD 2019/D12, that the United States’ Global Intangible Low-Tax Income (GILTI) rules do not corres...

Tax Insights | April 2022 edition

3 May 2022
In our April 2022 edition of Tax Insights, we look at family trust arrangements, the ATO's guidance following LIBOR abolition, and luxury car tax. 

ATO issues guidance following LIBOR abolition

19 April 2022
Last month, the ATO issued guidance designed to assist businesses to understand the common tax implications to consider where changes are made to existing financial arrangements due to the IBOR reform, which most notably has resulted in the repeal of London Interbank Offered Rate ('LIBOR'). 

Tax Insights | October 2021 edition

1 November 2021
In our October 2021 edition of Tax Insights, we look at cryptocurrency as assets, and the Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies Program (CCUS).

Transfer Pricing on Demand

25 October 2021
RSM is pleased to launch TP On Demand, a series of 10-minute videos, available 24/7.  Join our Transfer Pricing experts as we examine the challenges many businesses are facing:   Introduction and overview of RSM TP On-Demand - Rob Mander,  RSM International Intercompany Loans - Minty Tafesse, RSM Australia...

Global tax policy developments continue to be clearer

12 October 2021
On 8 October 2021, the OECD followed up on its 1 July 2021, announcement to reform international taxation and to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalization of the economy. In particular, the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (IF) has agreed on a two-pillar solution. The two-pillar package aims to...

Tax Insights | June 2021 edition

30 June 2021
In our June edition of our Tax Insights we look at Taxation Ruling TR 2021/D4, R&D EOFY summary and more.

Taxation Ruling TR 2021/D4 - Income tax: royalties - character of receipts in respect of software

29 June 2021
The ATO has released an initial draft, for comment, of its updated guidance on the classification of royalties in relation to software, in TR 2021/D4. This has been long-awaited given the last version of this guidance is in TR 93/12, which has now been withdrawn effective from 1 July 2021. With the significant development in technology and gl...

Further ATO guidance and proposed risk-rating framework for intangible arrangements

25 May 2021
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a draft Practical Compliance Guideline on Intangible Arrangements (PCG 2021/D4) in which it details its compliance approach and the risk assessment framework it plans to employ when considering the risk profile of intangible arrangements (IAs) operating between international related parties. PCG ...

Tax alert | Modern Manufacturing Initiative & OECD guidance released

10 March 2021
The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) is a $1.3bn initiative targeted at all businesses growing Australia’s Manufacturing capacity, building scale and supply chain resilience. The MMI program is the signature program of the Australian Federal Government’s $1.5bn Modern Manufacturing Strategy, which was announced at the October 2020 Federal Budget.

OECD Guidance Released - Transfer pricing in the age of COVID-19

25 February 2021
There are very few aspects of our lives that have not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (“the Pandemic”). While the Pandemic is primarily a public health issue, governments’ response to contain the spread of the virus has caused major disruptions to economic activities across the globe. In particular, the restriction around the movement ...

Glencore Transfer Pricing case – taxpayer again prevails

12 November 2020
The Full Federal Court has largely dismissed the ATO's appeal against a September 2019 decision by Davies J in the transfer pricing case involving Glencore Investment Pty Ltd (“Glencore”). The Court agreed that Glencore had done enough to substantiate that its transfer pricing arrangements were within the arm's length range. To review our di...

Hybrid Mismatch Amendments

24 September 2020
Important technical amendments clarifying the operation of Australia’s hybrid mismatch rules received Royal Assent on 3 September 2020. Background In 2015, as part of the OECD/G20 BEPS Project, the OECD released the OECD Action 2 Report which made recommendations to neutralise the effects of hybrid mismatch arrangements. In the 2016-17...

Interest-free loans - New draft ATO guidance released

31 August 2020
The ATO has published much-awaited guidance in relation to outbound interest-free loans - which it has released for comment in Draft Taxation Ruling TR 2017/4 DC2. This adds a proposed Schedule 3 to the existing ATO risk-rating tool for cross-border loans, Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2017/4. This sets out the most guidance that the ATO ha...

Arm’s length debt test – New ATO position finalised

24 August 2020
The ATO has simultaneously published two documents which now represent the ATO’s views on the application of the arm’s length debt test (“ALDT”) in determining borrowing capacity. TR 2020/4: thin capitalisation – the arm’s length debt test is now the ATO’s authoritative ruling on the ALDT though it focuses on key technical inter...

OECD's Annual Corporate Tax Statistics Publication

17 July 2020
The OECD has released the 2nd edition of its annual Corporate Tax Statistics publication. This is one of the more tangible outputs from the CbC Reporting regime impacting Significant Global Entities, though the report touches on other comparisons including trends in effective tax rates, tax revenues as a proportion of GDP, and corporate tax as a sh...

Australia adopts OECD 2017 Transfer Pricing Guidelines

10 July 2020
Australia’s transfer pricing legislation has now imported the most recent updates to the OECD's Transfer Pricing Guidelines as published on 10 July 2017. This follows Treasury Laws Amendment (2019 Measures No.3) Act 2020 which received Royal Assent on 22 June 2020.  The Act makes the following important changes to Australia’s ...

The broadening of Significant Global Entity definition

26 May 2020
Broadening of Significant Global Entity definition and the potential impact for Australian entities with Private Equity ownership. Following new legislation which received Royal Assent on 25 May 2020, the definition of Significant Global Entity (SGE) has been expanded, and a new definition of Country-by-Country Reporting (CbCR) entity creat...

Transfer pricing issues during COVID-19

11 May 2020
The adverse impact of COVID-19 on a large number of businesses requires no introductory comment, as their focus turns to survival and cash preservation. Transfer pricing may not naturally be seen as an immediate concern for a number of multinational groups dealing with these key imperatives. However, as other recessions have demonstrated, transf...

COVID-19 and transfer pricing issues: Potential JobKeeper Payment Implications

5 May 2020
COVID-19 has had a very adverse impact on the cash flows of many Australian businesses, who will be looking closely at the JobKeeper Payment regime and whether their turnover has declined by the requisite percentage.  Further details are available via the RSM Coronavirus Resource Centre viewed here. Australian businesses that a...

COVID-19 and transfer pricing issues: Financing

5 May 2020
COVID-19 has had a pervasive effect on business and one of the most salient is its impact on a company’s cash flow and funding arrangements. We have separately discussed general transfer pricing issues – here we consider the implications to Australian companies working capital management as well as new and existing long-term funding arrange...

TA 2020/1 - Intangibles: Is your remuneration correct?

28 January 2020
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released its first Taxpayer Alert of the decade in TA 2020/1, which identifies two principal concerns regarding intangibles: arrangements related to the development, enhancement, maintenance, protection and exploitation of intangible assets (known as the DEMPE functions) that have not properly remunera...

Simplified Transfer Pricing Record Keeping (STPRK) options for loan

18 September 2019
On 11 September 2019, the ATO released an update to Practical Compliance Guideline (“PCG”) 2017/2, in respect of Simplified Transfer Pricing Record Keeping (“STPRK”) options for lower-risk transactions. The changes relating to the safe harbour rate on “low-level” inbound and outbound loans, and now provide for 2.33% as the maximum ra...

Glencore prevails over ATO in transfer pricing dispute – appeal likely to follow

10 September 2019
On 3 September 2019, the Federal Court (at first instance) found in favour of Glencore in its transfer pricing dispute with the ATO, regarding the pricing of copper concentrate supplied by Glencore’s Australian group to its Swiss parent. The ATO had argued that the actual agreement between the parties was not consistent with what indepen...

What to consider when tax planning for EOFY

4 June 2019
With the end of the financial year looming, it’s time to think about your tax planning options before 30 June hits. We’ve curated a list of top things to focus on when organising your tax affairs for year-end, applicable to businesses, primary producers, trusts and individuals. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT >> The top things to consider in...

Australia's hybrid mismatch regime

7 May 2019
In response to recommendations by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (‘OECD’) in Action 2 of it's Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (‘BEPS’) initiative in 2015, Australia has now enacted a new hybrid mismatch regime that generally applies to income years commencing on or after 1 January 2019. The rules apply broa...
Events

Q&A with Liam Delahunty, International Tax and Transfer Pricing Leader at RSM

Liam has over 17 years' experience working in the accounting industry having held a number of senior leadership positions at the Big 4 accounting firms, in addition to working off-shore in London and New York.  Having recently joined the Tax Services division of RSM in Sydney, we sat down with Liam to uncover his passion for tax,&...