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Spencer Smith

Taxation Services, Director, Christchurch

Spencer has been providing specialist tax advice since 1988. Before joining Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, he was a partner in two other international accounting firms.

There are times when your business will be faced with some critical decisions. Spencer has the experience and the skillset to help you understand the business and tax implications, so that your decisions are fully-informed.  Working alongside your team (management, legal, banking and other advisors), Spencer knows how to ensure that the implementation of your plans runs smoothly.

Spencer is also happy to assist, if you are an accountant or lawyer and you are concerned that a particular client’s tax issue may be getting a bit too complex. He successfully works with many other professionals in those situations.

His extensive governance experience could also be invaluable where your situation requires the involvement of other parties, such as trustees, shareholders, a board of directors or external stakeholders.

Specialist Areas

  • Business structures and special projects
  • Taxation of land
  • Goods and services tax
  • Natural resources and mining
  • Acquisitions and divestments
  • International tax planning
  • Due diligence and deal negotiation
  • Binding rulings and tax policy submissions
  • Tax investigations and dispute resolution
  • Inbound businesses, in particular Australian businesses

Memberships & Qualifications

  • BCom and LLB degrees - Victoria University (Wellington)
  • Member of the International Fiscal Association
  • Affiliate, CAANZ
  • Solicitor of the High Court
  • Board member of Christchurch Golf Club (Shirley Links) 2013 - present
  • Board member of the St Andrews College Board of Trustees 2009 - 2016
  • Past Chair of the Advisory Board to the College of Business and Law (University of Canterbury) 2007 - 2015

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