Yes, even though I am based in Adelaide, I can help you with most tax disputes. This is because I deal with Federal tax, which means the issues are the same across Australia. I have helped clients all over Australia with these issues and they have been very happy with my work. To see a recent example, have a look at Rachael’s comments on my testimonial page.
Hartigan Law is set up to work with you no matter where you are. There are many tools that we can use to make this happen, like phone, email, SMS, Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Zoom. I can talk you through how to use all of these. Clients often tell me that they appreciate how easy it is to have a video call with me, because they don’t have to spend any time travelling to meet with me.
If we need to meet outside of Adelaide, then I can arrange that too. This might be necessary if we need to negotiate a settlement of a serious tax dispute with the ATO, or if we need to file an appeal in your local Federal Court.
The only case in which I can’t represent you outside of Adelaide is if you’ve been charged with an offence under section 8C of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 for not lodging your tax returns or BAS.
I can work with your accountant to find a resolution to your legal issue, or even give you a second opinion if you’re unsure whether your accountant is on the right track with your concerns.
Representation by a lawyer rather than an accountant also provides the advantage of legal professional privilege. This means that documents provided to me and advice that I provide to you is protected by law from being disclosed to anyone.
I know the ATO can get it wrong
The ATO doesn’t always come to the right conclusions when working out how much tax, penalties and interest you owe. When that happens, I can help you to challenge their interpretation of the law and facts to make sure you don’t pay more than you should. When the ATO gets it wrong, I help make it right.
I will own your tax dispute
I’ll treat your tax issue like it’s my tax issue. I’ll think about it day and night — so you can think about it a lot less. I know you have better things to do.
I see things differently to other lawyers
My priority is you – not my ego, or how many assistants I employ, or how many hours I can bill a day.
I love being right
I help my clients get the right outcome, as quickly as I can. That’s my priority and it’s how I’ve earned a reputation for getting the right result. I’m focused, efficient and obsessed with delivering quality service — just like my clients.
I’ve helped many happy clients over the years – you can see what some of them have had to say about my work here.
During the first consultation, I will review any ATO documents you have and we will discuss your situation in detail. I will advise you on the options available to you and make recommendations about the steps to take to resolve your tax dispute.
After our meeting, I will provide you with a fixed fee quote or an estimate of my fees for taking those next steps. I will offer a fixed fee if I can, but this isn’t always possible.