Accountants and lawyers live in different professional worlds but often need to work together for a common client in dispute with the Australian Taxation Office.
A significant aspect of the work of an accountant is to derive information from data and present it according to certain conventions. Lawyers view data and information as representing a set of facts and assess it in terms of is it evidence; is it relevant, is it admissible and will it help or harm the client?
For the client to get the best outcome in a tax dispute, these world views need to be reconciled. But how?