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COVID-19 Resource Centre

A collection of updates, insights and guides to help you manage the impact of the virus crisis.

COVID-19 tech considerations

October is Cyber Security Month. Company directors need to ensure they have IT security measures in place to protect businesses and staff from COVID-19 cyber attacks.

Tax Alert - October 2020

All of the latest tax news for October 2020. This Alert addresses COVID-19, FBT and JobKeeper updates, ASIC hardship relief, plus more.

Our People


Josh Chye

Tax Consulting


Josh leads the Melbourne firm’s tax division. With a passion for understanding his clients’ commercial drivers, he is able to provide practical tax solutions in order to both solve problems and identify opportunities.


Ian Brown

Business Advisory Services, Tax Consulting


Ian has over 40 years experience in all areas of taxation, audit and business advisory for SMEs. Ian takes a hands-on approach with issues that confront people in business. He is seen as a trusted adviser by his clients.


Jason Edwards

Audit & Assurance, Business Advisory Services


Jason’s career began in 1998 in audit and assurance. Today, he is a partner in the Auckland firm and provides a wide range of services to a variety of different organisations. He advises and assists clients with tax requirements, financial statement audits, internal audits, financial reporting, due diligence and independent valuations.


Ben Fock

Business Advisory Services, Audit & Assurance


Ben manages a number of large audit and business advisory clients. He believes in a hands-on approach to his work and specialises in industries in which he has attained relevant skills and knowledge. Ben has been closely involved with and supports a number of local community organisations.


Vanessa Abboud

Audit & Assurance


Vanessa joined the team at HLB Mann Judd in 2008. She has over 11 years' experience providing audit and financial reporting services to private businesses and consolidated groups.


Chris Simpson

Business Advisory Services


Chris is an experienced and highly-credentialed chartered accountant with over twenty years experience providing business and taxation advice. He is a highly personable and passionate practitioner who is committed to assisting clients achieve optimal business outcomes.

Australian M&A activity Q1 2021

Based on the published transaction data for Q1 FY2021, there were 245 deals completed compared to 313 in Q1 FY2020, a decrease of 22%. In our analysis we have excluded transactions with a gross transaction value greater than $5 billion.

QLD Transfer Duty Exemption to Benefit Eligible Small Business Restructures

The Queensland Government has released administrative guidelines for the removal of duty for eligible small business restructures. This will allow business operators to incorporate their business structure and transfer the assets without incurring transfer duty.

Business Adviser - Spring 2020

HLB Mann Judd’s Business Adviser shares tips and advice for family businesses. This issue addresses how to grow your business through referrals and strategies for developing a sales plan.

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