Craig Whatman

Melbourne

Partner/Executive Director - Tax Consulting

Tax Consulting

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Professional Background

Clients receive the best taxation advice and assistance available through Craig, who heads up Pitcher Partners' Transaction Taxes team, advising on all aspects of Goods and Services Tax, Stamp Duty, Land Tax, the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution and Fuel Tax Credits.

At all times, clients' interests are served and advanced with Craig making representations to the ATO, State Revenue Offices and Treasury on current issues that affect their businesses.

Industry Experience

  • Financial services
  • Health
  • Property
  • Manufacturing and distribution
  • Residential, commercial and rural property developments and sales
  • Retail
  • Retirement villages and aged care redevelopment and operations
  • Service industries

Memberships & Qualifications

  • Affiliate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Victoria Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Chartered Tax Advisor of the Tax Institute
  • Fellow of the Tax Institute
  • Member of the Taxation Institute's GST Sub-Committee

Articles Published

GST now payable on supplies of digital downloads and other intangibles from offshore

6th July 2017

Craig Whatman

These measures came into effect on 1 July 2017. While the measures originally focused on taxing the supply of digital download products to Austra...

GST on supplies of low value goods to Australian consumers – delayed until 1 July 2018

26th June 2017

Craig Whatman

The changes have been introduced to level the playing field between Australian based retailers which are generally required to charge GST to cust...

Property taxes update

23rd June 2017

Craig Whatman

A summary of the changes are below: *Victoria* The Bill that contains the stamp duty and land tax changes announced in the Victorian Budget was ...

Changes to Victoria's off-the-plan stamp duty concession from 1 July

6th June 2017

Craig Whatman

*What is the existing OTP concession?* The existing OTP concession applies to all properties that are purchased off-the-plan, including residenti...

Residential property purchasers to pay GST directly to the ATO

29th May 2017

Craig Whatman

.. Why the change? Under the current law, the seller of new residential premises or subdivided land is required to collect and remit the GST asso...

VIC State Budget 2017-18 | Family Violence Initiatives

8th May 2017

Craig Whatman

The government has committed $1.9bn to deliver on its promise to implement every Royal Commission recommendation, as announced in the government...

VIC State Budget 2017-18 | Overview

2nd May 2017

Craig Whatman

The government’s spending commitments continue to be supported by a strong tax revenue position, which will generate totaloperating surpluses of...

VIC State Budget 2017-18 | Health and Education

2nd May 2017

Craig Whatman

/Health/ The Andrews Government is responding to the continued growth in Victoria’s population and its associated strain on our health system. ...

VIC State Budget 2017-18 | Infrastructure

2nd May 2017

Craig Whatman

Infrastructure projects deliver multiple benefits to the state. They create jobs, enable the provision of services, allow efficiencies and improve...

VIC State Budget 2017-18 | Payroll Tax

2nd May 2017

Craig Whatman

.... Payroll tax-free threshold The payroll tax-free threshold will be increased from $575,000 to $625,000 with effect from 1 July 2017, and to $...

VIC State Budget 2017-18 | Property Taxes

2nd May 2017

Craig Whatman

As expected from announcements earlier in the year, the Budget introduces a number of property-related measures that are aimed at increasing the s...

VIC State Budget 2017-18 | Other Highlights

2nd May 2017

Craig Whatman

.... Agricultural sector The Budget provides support for farmers and primary producers through $86m in expenditure over the next four years for i...

GST to become payable on sales of low value goods into Australia from 1 July

3rd April 2017

Craig Whatman

.. Policy intent Currently, goods imported into Australia by a consumer with a customs value that does not exceed $1,000 are not subject to GST (...

Victorian stamp duty and vacancy tax changes to impact developers and investors

6th March 2017

Craig Whatman

.. Stamp duty Stamp duty will be abolished for first home buyers purchasing new or established properties for a price less than $600,000, while a...

Draft legislation released to impose GST on imports of low value goods into Australia

14th November 2016

Craig Whatman

.... The proposed changes Currently, goods imported into Australia by a consumer with a customs value that does not exceed $1,000 are generally n...

GST changes for cross border transactions to commence on 1 October

26th September 2016

Craig Whatman

The cross border business to business (“B2B”) changes will be welcomed by businesses involved in international inbound and outbound transactio...

East Coast Surcharge Regimes

1st July 2016

Craig Whatman

On 21 June 2016 the New South Wales Government introduced a stamp duty surcharge of 4% for acquisitions of residential land by foreign purchasers....

GST To Be Imposed On Imports Of Low Value Goods Into Australia

6th May 2016

Craig Whatman

This follows an announcement made by the Government in August last year and is designed to boost the competitiveness of domestic suppliers who inc...

VIC State Budget 2016-17 | Payroll Tax

28th April 2016

Craig Whatman

-------- INCREASE IN THE PAYROLL TAX THRESHOLD ------------------------------- The Andrews Government has announced that the payroll tax threshold...

VIC State Budget 2016-17 | Growing Victoria

28th April 2016

Craig Whatman

It commits the government to significant spending in the areas of health, education and transport infrastructure projects. The spending promises a...

VIC State Budget 2016-17 | Extension Of The Land Tax Primary Production Exemption

27th April 2016

Craig Whatman

Currently, where land in an urban zone is owned by a trust, the land must be used solely or primarily for a business of primary production, and th...

VIC State Budget 2016-17 | Victoria’s Reliance On Property Taxes

27th April 2016

Craig Whatman

These property-based taxes are a key reason for the Andrews Government’s large operating surplus projected over the forward estimates period. Th...

VIC State Budget 2016-17 | Investment In Community Safety

27th April 2016

Craig Whatman

-------- FAMILY VIOLENCE  --------------------------------------------------- The Andrews Government’s commitment to investing in housing and s...

VIC State Budget 2016-17 | Regional Victoria – An Opportunity For Growth

27th April 2016

Craig Whatman

With funding announced across a raft of key areas, middle market businesses looking to grow should seek to take advantage of the investments being...

VIC State Budget 2016-17 | Infrastructure

27th April 2016

Craig Whatman

-------- EDUCATION, HEALTH AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY --------------------- The construction industry will be a key beneficiary from a state Bu...

VIC State Budget 2016-17 | Increase In Foreign Investor Stamp Duty And Land Tax Surcharges

27th April 2016

Craig Whatman

The stamp duty surcharge applicable to foreign purchasers of residential property will more than double from 3% to 7%, and the land tax surcharge ...

Increased Victorian stamp duty and land tax surcharges to further impact developers and foreign property buyers

22nd April 2016

Craig Whatman

Similarly, the Government will increase the land tax surcharge on foreign owners of all taxable Victorian property (residential or otherwise) from...

The Netflix Tax And Other GST Changes For Cross Border Transactions

10th March 2016

Craig Whatman

New measures dubbed the Netflix Tax will bring within Australia’s GST net supplies of anything other than goods or real property made by non-res...

Pitcher Partners Labels GST Backdown A Blow To Business

8th February 2016

Craig Whatman

“If the rate of GST is not raised, it is difficult to see where the revenue will come from to offer businesses a reduction in the corporate tax ...


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