• Service: Tax, Corporate Tax
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 10/06/2014

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Grant Wardell-Johnson

Grant Wardell-Johnson
Leader, Australian Tax Centre

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Announcement of Chief Tax Counsel and Deputy Chief Tax Counsel 

by Grant Wardell-Johnson, Australian Tax Centre

Today, Second Commissioner Andrew Mills announced the appointment of a new Chief Tax Counsel, Jeremy Hirschhorn, and Deputy Chief Tax Counsel, Kirsten Fish. Jeremy is a partner at KPMG and Kirsten a partner at Clayton Utz. These are excellent appointments. They reflect the new direction set by the Commissioner of Taxation, Chris Jordan AO.

In the role of Chief Tax Counsel, Jeremy will have responsibility for the Tax Counsel Network. The Network has carriage of the most sensitive and high-risk matters, in particular those with wide ranging national or international impacts, and the potential to set a significant precedent in law for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Treasury.


This appointment is a testament to the high regard with which Jeremy is held within the tax community as an experienced practitioner with outstanding technical ability, as well as a deep thinker on systemic tax matters.


Jeremy started with KPMG in 1995, and has been a Partner in our Sydney practice since 2003. He is a highly respected, very successful senior partner in KPMG’s Tax practice.


He is a trusted advisor to many KPMG clients, and a significant contributor to various consultation committees within the tax community, including the Tax Institute and the Financial Services Committee.


You might ask what motivates Jeremy to change direction and take on this role. To me, knowing Jeremy for nearly 20 years, the answer is clear. Jeremy ultimately believes in a better tax system, and has confidence that he can play an important part in delivering that new world.


While Jeremy’s appointment to Chief Tax Counsel is a loss to KPMG, it is also a reflection of the talent that this organisation holds.


Jeremy will be commencing his new role in August 2014. We wish Jeremy, Kirsten and their teams the very best in their future deliberations.


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