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Sarah Lancaster

Sarah acts for and advises clients in a range of disputes with the ATO, QRO and Customs. Drawing on her experience in commercial litigation, she focuses on providing clients with practical, timely and cost effective strategies.

Sarah provides advice and acts for clients in a variety of disputes with the Australian Tax Office and Queensland Revenue Office. She also acts for clients in a range of customs disputes.

Sarah’s technical experience includes representing taxpayers in disputes involving, income tax, international tax, GST, payroll tax, stamp duty and customs duty. Drawing on a background in commercial litigation, Sarah brings particular experience in evidentiary issues relevant to disputes when acting for clients during the audit and objection processes and appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Supreme Court of Queensland and Federal Courts.

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science – Griffith University
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – College of Law
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland, High Court of Australia
  • Successfully resolving Tribunal and Court appeals for taxpayers on issues relating to income tax (including international tax and residency disputes), landholder duty, payroll tax and GST.
  • Negotiating terms of settlements before assessments are issued during the course of income tax and superannuation audits.
  • Assisting taxpayers in preparing notices of objections and supporting evidence to ATO and QRO assessments.
  • Advising and representing clients in appeals of decisions made by the ATO and QRO in the AAT, QCAT, Federal Court and Supreme Court.
  • Assisting individuals in disputes with the ATO about their residency status.
  • Advising and acting for companies and individuals in ATO summary prosecutions.
  • Acting for and representing clients in Supreme Court and District Court debt recovery actions commenced by the ATO.
  • Advising directors in relation to director penalty notices.
  • Acting for clients in negotiations with the ATO involving arrangements to pay various tax debts by instalments and the remission of general interest charge.
  • Assisting private business and high net worth individuals to respond to ATO reviews and audits.
  • Acting for companies and individuals in winding up and bankruptcy proceedings commenced by the ATO.

Areas of Expertise


Podcast: TaxLand with Fletch and Sarah – Engaging subcontractors? Beware the employment agent provisions in payroll TaxLand!

Do you engage subcontractors? Are those contracts exempt from payroll tax? Have you checked the employment agent provisions? The recent stream of cases shows that the employment agent provisions are not just for employment agents or labour hire companies.

Podcast: TaxLand with Fletch and Sarah - Payroll tax grouping – applying for an exclusion order

All is not lost! In this episode of TaxLand, Fletch Heinemann and Sarah Lancaster look at how members of a payroll tax group can be excluded from that group and what you need to do to put an exclusion order application into the revenue office. Travel to TaxLand with us to learn more.

Podcast: TaxLand with Fletch and Sarah – Payroll tax grouping – what causes entities to be grouped?

In this episode of TaxLand Fletch Heinemann and Sarah Lancaster explore when businesses are grouped for payroll tax and some of the alarming consequences that flow from that grouping. Travel to TaxLand with us to learn more.