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…)

Agreements – A first among equals

We recently advised a client on the importance of entering into written, enforceable agreements with its customers.

Our international client had supplied stock over a number of years to an Australian-based customer.  However, our client’s written supply agreement was entered into with a ‘group of companies’, described here in generic terms as follows (the ABC Group) and not with an actual legal entity, being either an individual or a company with an Australian Company Number (ACN). (more…)