John Kelly

Partner, Tax


+61 3 9603 1719


John is a Tax Partner with BDO in Melbourne.  His approachable and collaborative style results in advice that is both practical and commercial.

John specialises in corporate taxation, and is known for his ability to interpret and apply complex tax laws, taking into account his client’s commercial imperatives.  He has been advising and assisting businesses ranging in size and complexity, from large global corporations to smaller closely-held enterprises, since the early 1990s.  John has been admitted in the Supreme Court of Victoria and is qualified as an Australian lawyer.  He has published a number of articles and is a regular presenter at seminars and conferences.

John joined BDO, as Partner, in 2006.  His strong technical and professional skills are supported by his roles with the Big 4 accounting firms and large global and national corporations.


  • Corporate taxation
  • International taxation, inbound & outbound investment
  • Corporate restructuring
  • New ventures & joint ventures
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Divestments
  • Goods & Services Tax
  • Fringe Benefits Tax
  • Taxation compliance & advice
  • Internal control systems
  • Research & development


  • Natural resources
  • Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Food & agribusiness
  • Professional practice


  • Juris Doctor, Law
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Registered Tax Agent


  • Associate, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia