Arthur Athanasiou’s main area of practice is taxation advisory, litigation and administration. In more than 25 years of experience as a legal practitioner, Arthur has focused on the taxation of trusts and other SME entities, Division 7A and high wealth individuals and family groups. He is highly experienced in complex tax litigation, dispute resolution, tax audit negotiations and settlements, particularly in the SME sector, with both the ATO and the SRO. Arthur also practises in matters involving tax agents and the Tax Practitioners Board, white-collar crime and other criminal offences.
Arthur has qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and he has also held senior taxation and management positions in the transport and motor vehicle industries with specialist experience in logistics, supply chain, chain of responsibility, and contract warehousing.
Arthur is a former President of The Tax Institute, has chaired the Law Institute’s Tax Law Advisory Committee for a decade and now serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the IPA-Deakin University SME Research Centre. In addition, on 20 January 2019 he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University’s Law School.
As an Accredited Tax Law Specialist with the Law Institute of Victoria, Arthur is a widely published writer on taxation issues, and he regularly appears in the mainstream media, and presents at tax seminars and discussion groups.
Arthur has been recognised by his peers and clients in Doyle’s Guide (2015 – 2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of tax law in Victoria. Arthur has also been recognised by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia (2023) in the area of Trusts and Estates.
Arthur Athanasiou’s recent experience includes:
- Acting against the ATO in taxation litigation matters before both the Federal Court and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
- Advising accountants and clients in negotiations with the ATO on substantive tax matters, including tax planning, structuring, penalty minimisation, and audit case management.
- Advising on tax law administration, including appearing on behalf of taxpayers before ATO investigations, and dealing in white-collar crime including offences under the Criminal Code Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act.