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Belinda
Goedecke

A Consultant in Nexia Edwards Marshall’s Business Consulting and Taxation divisions.

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Belinda provides taxation, accounting and general business services to clients ranging from individuals through to small and medium-sized businesses. Belinda also specialises in Foreign Tax Issues and Research and Development Tax Incentive claims.

She currently looks after a group of clients who are involved in a range of occupations and businesses including health, engineering, legal, finance, property development and investors.

Professional expertise

Foreign tax issues

As we shift towards a global economy the importance of getting good advice and being aware of overseas taxation issues is vital especially given that the Australian Taxation Office and overseas equivalents are becoming more vigilant in ensuring compliance with the tax base from a world perspective. 

Belinda assists clients travelling abroad or to Australia for an extended period of time to determine whether they remain an Australian resident by analysing how they’ll be taxed in Australia and in the country they are travelling to/from. The Australian tax consequences may differ for different types of investments and situations and should be considered prior to travelling.

Belinda also assists foreign clients who have investments within Australia and need to lodge an Australian tax return.

Research and development (R&D)

Belinda assists corporate clients with managing R&D Tax Incentive claims. This guidance and assistance includes helping clients to understand what qualifies as R&D for tax purposes and determining eligibility. Once eligibility is determined Belinda facilitates the process of registering with AusIndustry, assistance with ongoing documentation and completion of the income tax return for the company.

Formal qualifications

A Bachelor of Science in the faculty of Mathematical Sciences graduate, Belinda is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Tax Adviser with The Tax Institute.

Experience

Belinda has myriad of experience across industries which allows her to assist her clients to strategise about the best way to progress when faced with a business, accounting and taxation issues. 

Assignment

Assist a client who was moving overseas to determine the best taxation strategy.

Process and outcome

Belinda researched the tax laws under the jurisdiction the client was moving to and compared their tax position in Australia and abroad to determine whether they remained an Australian resident for tax purposes. Upon comparing the two scenarios, it was determined that the client should remain an Australian resident for tax purposes. This resulted in the client having a greater understanding of their international taxation obligations which meant the client left Australia comfortable and confident with their taxation strategy.

Assignment

Assist a client with a foreign income query from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Process and outcome

Belinda worked with the client in understanding the nature of the foreign amounts received. Belinda assisted the client obtain the necessary documentation and then negotiated with the ATO a successful outcome. The client was happy that the matter was resolved with minimal inconvenience and involvement from them.

Assignment

Assist a client with an R&D Tax Incentive claim.

Process and outcome

Belinda worked with a manufacturer in an environmental industry that was undertaking R&D for a new addition to their existing storage products and determined that they could apply for an R&D Tax Incentive claim. She registered the client and then managed the ongoing process with AusIndustry on behalf of the client so they could focus on the new product rather than paperwork required by AusIndustry.

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