The 2016 New Zealand Power Lawyer List . .

21. Martin Smith

martin-smithMartin Smith might have an everyday name, but his position as Chief Tax Counsel at the IRD makes him one of the country’s most powerful lawyers, conducting and assisting in the prosecution of massive tax cases.

Formerly a tax consulting partner in a major accounting practice in Sydney and Director of Taxation Research for Ernst & Young in New Zealand, he has degrees from Adelaide University and a Masters in Tax Law from Auckland.

Relishing a low profile, he nonetheless commands a powerful position astride one of the largest and most significant departments in the country, affecting taxpayers large and small.  The IRD’s tax department is one of the largest in the country and its effect upon taxpayers, corporate policy, international tax law and other issues is almost unparalleled.

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