Stefani Merlino

Stefanie Merlino

Partner, People Advisory, Global Expatriate Services & Employment Taxes

Employment Taxes | Consulting | Global Expatriate Tax Services


Stefanie is a Partner in the Melbourne People Advisory team and has over 15 years’ experience gained in large accounting firms, specialising in all aspects of employment tax compliance and consulting.

Over that time, she has built deep and longstanding relationships with clients as a trusted adviser with expertise in Fringe Benefits Tax, Superannuation Guarantee, Payroll Tax, WorkCover & Workers’ Compensation, Pay-As-You-Go Withholding, contractor management, due diligence transactions, employee share schemes and employment tax governance, policies & procedures.

Stefanie has a positive and focused approach to her interactions with clients and places an emphasis on the value of strong relationships built on clear communication, collaboration and integrity. Her exemplary technical expertise and collegiate approach has seen Stefanie take on numerous speaking engagements, act as mentor to other staff and prepare and facilitate employment tax training sessions.


  • Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT)
  • Payroll Tax
  • WorkCover and Workers’ Compensation
  • Pay-As-You-Go Withholding (PAYG)
  • Superannuation Guarantee (SG)
  • Employee entitlement industrial, contractual and legislative obligation compliance
  • Employee underpayment remediation, with a focus on Superannuation Guarantee remediation
  • Due diligence transactions
  • Employment contracts - tax planning and compliance reviews


  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Natural Resources


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Finance
  • Australian Legal Practitioner


  • Victorian Legal Practicing Certificate

I join BDO, bringing with me more than 15 years of experience gained from large accounting firms. I am excited to work with my clients and support them with their people issues, whether with their employment tax compliance, pay and superannuation entitlements, or taking ideas and opportunities to them. No matter how I assist my clients, I am supported by BDO to truly make a difference.