Kalmen Datt is a senior lecturer in the School of Taxation and Business Law. Prior to joining Atax in 2003 he was employed by Inland Revenue New Zealand as a legal advisor. As part of his work with the NZIRD, Kalmen advised all investigators at the Auckland office of IRD on all issues regarding tax and law. He was solely responsible for advising a specialist avoidance team on all legal issues. Shortly prior to leaving New Zealand he was responsible for a team of 8 solicitors and accountants at the NZIRD.
Prior to this he was barrister sole in South Africa specialising in commercial litigation.
Kalmen’s training is as a lawyer. His research interests lie in the area tax administration, tax governance, the digitisation of the tax administration process, corporate governance and taxpayer rights. His research interests are broad.
He has authored or co-authored many articles on taxation issues in academic journals and conference volumes, as well as having published government reports and many discussion and conference papers.
Kalmen brings a wealth of experience and a strong legal profile to tax matters. He has developed broad skills in tax administration and litigation in New Zealand and South Africa and has extensive experience in the procedures adopted by courts and other tribunals in the resolution of disputes and the rules of evidence.
Kalmen also assisted the Business School of the University of Auckland both in tutoring students in tax subjects and marking of papers in 2002 and 2003.
Kalmen has been admitted to practice law in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He has successfully sat for the Common Professional Examination in the United Kingdom as a precursor to being admitted to practice law in that jurisdiction.