debt recovery

ATO recovery powers – are your house sale proceeds at risk?

A garnishee order is a form of enforcement action that can be used for the recovery of debts. It can be served on a third party who owes money to the debtor, directing the third party to pay that money to the entity that issued the garnishee notice, rather than the debtor. Ordinarily, a court-ordered judgment is required before a garnishee order can be made. However, the ATO can issue a garnishee notice in relation to outstanding tax debts without a court judgment being entered, against any person or business who owes money to the tax debtor or holds money on their behalf. (more…)

Legislation commentary

Avoiding direct inconsistency between the Corporations Act and State/Territory laws

In the decision of Linc Energy Ltd (In Liq) [2017] QSC 053, Justice Jackson found that the pre-existing Queensland environmental laws have priority over inconsistent Commonwealth Corporations Act disclaimer provisions. The matter involved the liquidator’s right under the Corporations Act to disclaim onerous property pursuant to sections 568 and 568D of the Corporations Act, and the pre-existing State-based environmental obligations imposed upon companies. (more…)

By Renee Stevens, ago