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Tax Conference 2021

Tax Conference 2021
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8 November 2021 - Due to the uncertainty of the current COVID-19 community outbreak, the Tax Conference will now be held by live web stream only on Wednesday 24 November 2021. Existing registrants - your registration will automatically be transferred to the live web stream - please check your email for full options.

If you have not registered yet, we welcome you to register live web stream, registrations remain open below. 

From the Chair

Kia ora tātou

It is my pleasure to invite you to join us at the 2021 NZLS CLE Tax Conference. Many NZLS CLE Tax Conference programmes over recent years have mentioned that in that year, the New Zealand tax system was undergoing massive change, with OECD-recommended BEPS reforms to international tax, new rules around property taxes, the work being undertaken by the Tax Working Group and of course the operational and administrative response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps constant change in tax law and administration is the new normal. But also, some fundamental things about the tax environment remain unchanged: tax positions will be taken, Inland Revenue may disagree, taxpayers will seek certainty, disputes will arise and need to be resolved. And so we deal with both the new and the ever-present in this year’s conference. Another constant is that we are lucky again this year, in having top-notch speakers from the profession, academia and Inland Revenue.

In a year when tax avoidance is once more before the Supreme Court our keynote speaker, Emeritus Professor John Prebble QC, will explore the inner contradictions of general anti-avoidance rules. I look forward to a dryly humorous but deeply researched and intensely clever discussion of how “general anti-avoidance rules barely qualify as law”, and I wonder to what extent that proposition will find its way into the Frucor judgment. This year there is some emphasis on dealing with tax positions which are, at best, uncertain: knowing what to do if the legislation needs fixing, understanding where tax disputes may arise based on global trends, learning how best to get certainty on a tax position through the rulings process or Inland Revenue’s Disputes Review Unit, and if all else fails, hearing how tax professionals can work most productively with senior litigation lawyers to progress a case through the Court process.

But there’s more: the impact of the top personal tax rate and other recent changes on the law and administration of trusts, and what some might see as the inexorable erosion of privacy in the name of efficiency and transparency. And, what I consider to be a fascinating insight into a career which has progressed around pretty much all of the tax world, from law firm to accountancy firm, to major corporate, to a very senior position in Inland Revenue.

The programme has been designed to be thought-provoking, informative and useful for a broad range of specialist tax professionals and the legal profession at large. I look forward to seeing you there!

Chair: Mike Lennard, Stout Street Chambers, Wellington

Programme outline

Download PDF brochure for a full outline of each session
  • Keynote - Contradictions and the General Anti-Avoidance Rule - Emeritus Professor John Prebble QC
  • Emerging tax trends in tax controversy
  • From privacy to transparency
  • Trusts, tax planning and the 39% tax rate
  • The art, law and science of a tax dispute
  • Rulings, disputes and a personal perspective
  • Remedial issues: How to give advice when legislation needs fixing

Learning objectives

By attending this conference you will be:

  • Updated on the latest tax developments and issues.
  • Able to apply this knowledge in your practice.

Live Web Stream

This conference is available via live web stream, direct to your computer. Click here to find out more about web streaming.
Please note: Live Web Stream registrations close 3pm Tuesday 23 November.


Please indicate your selection upon registration:
  • Hard Copy - Your book will be given to you when you register on the day* - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and you can collect the hard copy book when you register on the day*  - additional $30 charge

*Live web stream attendees - if you select hard copy or both - your book will be couriered to you.


  • 8.00am Registration
  • 8.30am Sessions begin
  • 4.40pm Sessions end 

Fee (incl GST)

Live Web Stream

Registration before 15 November 2021

  • $775
  • 2+1 registrations click here for more info Registration by email only. This option must be selected at the time of registration and cannot be applied retrospectively

Registration after 15 November 2021

  • $825
  • 2+1 registrations click here for more info Registration by email only. This option must be selected at the time of registration and cannot be applied retrospectively

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the Multiple Registration button below or  Click here
Download PDF brochure & registration form
These dates differ from those originally advertised

Auckland 24 November
Live Web Stream  24 November
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation & refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.

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