ATO second commissioner Andrew Mills was named Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year while the Corporate Tax Adviser of the Year award went to KPMG tax director Minh Dao.
Peter Bobbin from Argyle Lawyers was named winner of the SME Tax Adviser of the Year and Sarah Goodman, a senior consultant at KPMG, won the Emerging Tax Star Award.
Noel Rowland chief executive officer of The Tax Institute congratulated all four winners on their achievements.
“These awards celebrate excellence in tax and this year’s recipients represent worthy and talented professionals who are performing at the highest level,” he said.
“It was difficult for the judges to select just four winners from the incredibly strong field of entrants this year which is a testament to the profession as a whole.
“The high calibre of the applications across all categories is a testament to the strength of the tax profession in Australia. With such dedicated and talented individuals working across all levels of the profession, I am confident the profession has a promising future,” Mr Rowland said.
In a statement, the Tax Institute said Mr Mills was recognised for his dedication and passion for the profession, including spending 20 years with Greenwoods & Freehills where he was a director.
“The judges also recognised his contribution to the tax community through his lecturing for The Tax Institute and University of Sydney,” the statement read.
Ms Dao impressed the judges with her “passion and thirst” for continuous growth as well as her more than 14 years’ experience at KPMG.
“Minh is dedicated to extending her knowledge and expertise and was recently seconded to KPMG London to work as a global tax adviser. Her work with a wide variety of clients across domestic and international tax issues is positioning Ms Dao as a leader in the field.”
With more than 30 years' experience, Mr Bobbins has enviable knowledge across superannuation, taxation, estate planning and business succession, the institute said. The judges admired his involvement with The Tax Institute’s committees and contribution to education programs through his mentoring and teaching of other tax professionals in different firms.
Finally, according to the statement, Ms Goodman was recognised for her high ethical standards and commitment and passion to learning and development.
“Sarah has a high level of tax technical ability, demonstrated through advising on over 25 M&A transactions [and] earning her the respect of her colleagues in the process. The judges refer to Sarah as an inspiration to the next generation of tax professionals and pin her as a future leader.”