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Michael Hawkins is tax specialist at RSM in Perth. He has over 10 years experience in the tax and accounting industry and is a trusted corporate tax advisor

Prior to joining RSM Michael worked for a business advisory firm for 6 years where he started as a fresh University graduate and worked his way up to Manager.

He was exposed to a various types of work and he quickly realised that tax was his calling. Michael has worked with a number of different industries and has a special interest in resources.

My motivation stems from the respect and trust earned from my clients through providing them with either complex tax advice or innovative solutions. I am someone who strives to improve each day and won't rest till my work commitments are under control.
- Michael Hawkins

In his spare time, Michael is a a competitive PC gamer, ranked in the highest echelon of players in a host of different video games.

He is extremely passionate about AFL footy (go West Coast!), cricket, and table tennis.

His personal claim to fame is being the best ping pong player in the RSM Perth office.

SOLUTIONS MICHAEL HAWKINS PROVIDESMichael Hawkins is tax specialist at RSM in Perth.

  • income tax
  • capital gains tax
  • fringe benefits tax
  • goods and services tax
  • tax consolidation


  • Michael has provided taxation advice to an ASX listed, WA-based mineral sands mining project developer that ultimately led the company to receiving project finance from a joint venture partner.
  • Michael has worked with all types of resource companies, whether it be at the junior explorer end of the market, all the way up to a company with multiple mines in production that is within the ASX top 200. Not only does he provide these clients with timely taxation advice, but I take a genuine interest in their specific mining project and business objectives.


  • Charted Accountants of Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ)


  • Bachelor in Commerce

Tax Insights | September 2021 edition

1 October 2021
September 2021 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 Full expensing depreciation concessions As a result of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Australian economy, the Federa...

How junior explorers can use tax incentives to boost cash reserves

8 April 2021
There is no question that despite the past year’s wild COVID-19 ride, Australia’s junior mining explorers have flourished in a market hungry for new mineral discoveries. Increased attention in the junior space has been driven by rising gold prices due to COVID-19 uncertainty, as well as an increase in the iron price as China’s manufacturin...

Full expensing depreciation concessions

5 February 2021
Full expensing of depreciating assets - does it work for you? As a result of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Australian economy, the Federal Government announced as part of the 2020-21 Budget a major overhaul to depreciation tax concessions. Previously, eligible businesses were able to deduct the cost of certain assets ac...

The ATO Director Penalty Regime

15 June 2020
The ‘corporate veil’ separates the rights, obligations and liabilities of a company’s Shareholders / Directors from those of the company itself. This is important when a company has outstanding liabilities as this veil ordinarily allows these stakeholders to avoid personal accountability for the company’s debts. However, under the Aus...

Tax planning considerations in a COVID-19 world

4 June 2020
In times of crisis, it is normal to overlook certain aspects of life as health and safety become a focus. As is with the common cliché, the reality is that taxes are still a prevailing issue for everyone despite the challenges they may be facing. With this in mind and with the end of this financial year fast approaching, we discuss a handful of...

When similar is sufficient - new hope for deducting company tax losses

12 April 2019
The ability for a company to recoup its prior year tax losses has always been a contentious topic. If a company wishes to recoup its tax losses, it’s required to pass the continuity of ownership test (COT), and failing COT, the same business test (SBT). Whether a company satisfies the COT is generally a question of fact and broadly depends on ...