(02) 9236 8675


Level 6, 169 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
DX 328


Ian Young has particular expertise in all areas of revenue law involving both Commonwealth and State taxes.  Ian was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland in 1983.  Prior to coming to the Bar, he held senior positions in the Australian Taxation Office as Assistant Commissioner (Banking and Finance) and as Acting Senior Government Solicitor, Revenue Branch, Attorney Generals Department, Canberra.

Ian regularly appears in all Courts and Tribunals in revenue matters.  Since coming to the Bar he has appeared in the leading decisions of Commercial Nominees (led by Dyson Heydon QC), HP Mercantile (led by Stephen Gageler SC), and Bamford (led by Tony Slater QC) and unled in decisions such as Smeaton Grange HoldingsKafataris and Leppington Pastoral Co.  On account of his breadth and range of experience, both before and after coming to the Bar, his advice is frequently sought in complex commercial and taxation matters.


MacDonald v Commissioner of Taxation [2018] 2 Qd R 276

Zappia v Commissioner of Taxation [2017] FCAFC 185

Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2017] NSWCA 184 v Smeaton Grange Holdings Pty Ltd

Chief Commissioner of State Revenue v Metricon Qld Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 11

Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Frangieh (No. 3) [2017] NSWSC 252

Leppington Pastoral Co Pty Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2017] NSWSC 9

Qantas Airways Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2015] NSWSC 826

Kafataris v Commissioner of Taxation (2015) 243 FCR 291

Windoval Pty Ltd v Donnelly (2014) 226 FCR 89

SCCASP Holdings Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (2013) 211 FCR 332

Commissioner of Taxation v Bamford (2010) 240 CLR 481

HP Mercantile Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (2006) 143 FCR 553 and [2006] HCATrans 320

Commissioner of Taxation v Commercial Nominees of Australia Pty Ltd (1999) 167 ALR 147


Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland, 1978

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Queensland, 1982

Masters of Laws, University of Sydney, 1987

Areas of Practice

Income tax

Capital Gains Tax

Goods and Services Tax

State Taxes including – Payroll Tax, Land Tax, and Stamp Duty 


Corporations and Insolvency


Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, 1983

Admitted to the NSW Bar 1998