Private companies to benefit from extension of crowd-sourced equity funding legislation

Private companies to benefit from extension of crowd-sourced equity funding legislation

The Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding for Proprietary Companies) Bill 2017 was introduced into Parliament on 14 September 2017.  If passed, as is expected, the Bill will extend the reach of the Crowd-sourced Equity Funding (CSEF) legislation that will at this stage apply only to public companies from 29 September 2017.

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Increased CGT discount for affordable housing with a sting-in-the-tail

Increased CGT discount for affordable housing with a sting-in-the-tail

On 14 September 2017, the Government released for public consultation exposure draft legislation to implement the announcement in the 2017 Budget that from 1 January 2018 the CGT discount for eligible resident investors in qualifying affordable housing to 60% (from 50%). The change is part of the government’s policy to encourage increased investment in affordable rental housing.

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ATO provides a “safe harbour” for fixed trusts

ATO provides a “safe harbour” for fixed trusts

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) published the final version of the Practical Compliance Guidelines (PCG) 2016/16, which provides guidance in relation to what will be considered by the Commissioner when exercising his discretion to treat an interest in the income or capital of a trust as being a fixed entitlement and by extension whether a trust is a fixed trust for the purposes of the tax law.

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GST on the sale of residential property – a lesson from the Sebel Manly Beach Hotel

GST on the sale of residential property – a lesson from the Sebel Manly Beach Hotel

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) recently held in the case of MSAUS v FC of T that Division 135 of the Good and Services Tax (GST) Act did not apply to impose an increasing adjustment [an amount of GST on an otherwise GST-free transaction] to the sale of leased residential apartments

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Sladen Snippet - New WET rebate eligibility criteria and cap reduction receives assent

Sladen Snippet - New WET rebate eligibility criteria and cap reduction receives assent

As previously discussed in this forum, changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate eligibility criteria and cap reduction were announced in December 2016 by the Turnbull Government. These reforms received assent on 23 August 2017 and bring significant changes to the entitlement to the WET producer rebate.

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Sladen Snippet - Enforceability of vendor restraint clauses – How wide is too wide?

Sladen Snippet - Enforceability of vendor restraint clauses – How wide is too wide?

The enforceability of vendor restraint clauses contained in sale of business agreements is currently under review in the Supreme Court of Victoria in the case of Southern Cross Computer Systems P/L (ACN 005 770 598) and Ingenio Group P/L (ACN 610 396 748) v Palmer, Christopher Anthony; Faithfull, Jamie and Jakimoski, Zoran [2017] VSC 412.

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Sladen Snippet - ATO provides additional 7 years to repay UPE under sub-trust arrangements maturing in the 2017/18 income years

Sladen Snippet - ATO provides additional 7 years to repay UPE under sub-trust arrangements maturing in the 2017/18 income years

Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG) 2017/13 confirms the ability for a sub-trust arrangement using the 7-year option 1 investment agreement to be converted into a compliant loan, as described under section 109-N of Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA 36). The ability to refinance UPE for an additional 7 years may be advantageous to taxpayers that would otherwise have been required to repay such arrangements by either 30 June 2017 or 30 June 2018.

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Sladen Snippet - ATO guidance on liability of a legal personal representative of a deceased person

Sladen Snippet - ATO guidance on liability of a legal personal representative of a deceased person

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released for public comment draft Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG) 2017/D12, which gives guidance to the legal personal representative (LPR) of a deceased person as to circumstances where the LPR may be personally liable for the deceased’s tax liability.

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Sladen Snippet - Additional stamp duty trigger for option agreements

Sladen Snippet - Additional stamp duty trigger for option agreements

As part of the Victorian State Budget, a number of stamp duty changes have been proposed, many of which have received significant media attention (including the abolition of the off the plan duty concession for investors, the abolition of stamp duty for some first home buyers, and the removal of the blanket duty exemption for transfers between spouses).

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Sladen Snippet – Are actuarial certificates required if a pension is commuted on 30 June 2017

Sladen Snippet – Are actuarial certificates required if a pension is commuted on 30 June 2017

Self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) are not required to obtain an actuarial certificate if 100% of the SMSF is in “pension phase” for 100% of the year. That is, the SMSF uses the segregated method for the whole year. But what happens for SMSFs that use the segregated method for the 2017 year but, because of the transfer balance cap measure, have to commute back their pensions to $1.6 million by 30 June 2017?

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