Satyam Computer - Double Tax Agreements: a sword not a shield

Satyam Computer - Double Tax Agreements: a sword not a shield

On 11 October 2018, the Full Federal Court in Satyam Computer Services Limited v CoT (2018) held the ‘source’ rule in Article 23 of the Australia–India Double Taxation Agreement (Indian DTA) prevailed over the domestic definition such that payments from Australia to a company in India for work performed in India was taxable in Australia.

Sladen Snippet - CGT rollover denied to sale of shares

Sladen Snippet - CGT rollover denied to sale of shares

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has recently held in Ransley v Federal Commissioner of Taxation that the profits derived by an individual taxpayer on the sale and exchange of shares were on revenue account. As a result, the taxpayer was not eligible for the capital gains tax rollover under Subdivision 124-M of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Payroll Tax Assessments For Subcontractors Providing RACV Emergency Roadside Services Set Aside By The Victorian Supreme Court

Payroll Tax Assessments For Subcontractors Providing RACV Emergency Roadside Services Set Aside By The Victorian Supreme Court

In Nationwide Towing & Transport Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue (No 2) [2018] VSC 609, the Victorian Supreme Court has handed down another decision* against the Victorian State Revenue Office by setting aside payroll tax assessments issued in relation to payments to subcontractors.

Here we go, Treasury releases Division 7A consultation

Here we go, Treasury releases Division 7A consultation

As we have previously reported, the Government announced in the 2017 Budget that amendments would be made to Division 7A incorporating recommendations from the 2014 Board of Taxation’s final report on the ‘Post Implementation Review of Division 7A of Part III of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936’ (the earlier report).

Living and Leisure: Victorian leases and the State tax implications

Living and Leisure: Victorian leases and the State tax implications

The Victorian Court of Appeal in its recent decision of Living and Leisure Australia Pty Ltd vs Commissioner of State Revenue (Living and Leisure) dismissed the appeal by the taxpayers and upheld the Victorian Supreme Court’s conclusion that the contended leases in respect of Crown lands within the alpine resorts granted exclusive possession and were leases.

Victorian Supreme Court strikes a blow to payroll tax clampdown against the healthcare industry: The Optical Superstore Case

Victorian Supreme Court strikes a blow to payroll tax clampdown against the healthcare industry: The Optical Superstore Case

Lately, revenue authorities have focused heavily on investigating medical, dental, optometry and other allied health clinics.

Sladen Snippet – off and running (almost), Senate passes tightened requirements to CGT concessions for companies and trusts from 8 February 2018

Sladen Snippet – off and running (almost), Senate passes tightened requirements to CGT concessions for companies and trusts from 8 February 2018

On 20 September 2017, the Senate passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2018 (the Bill).

Trust vesting – the Commissioner finalises his views

Trust vesting – the Commissioner finalises his views

On 15 August 2018, the Commissioner finalised his views on trust vesting in Taxation Ruling TR 2018/6. We previously commented on the draft (TR 2017/D10) version of this ruling here.

CGT Discount Denied for Employee Share Scheme interest holder

CGT Discount Denied for Employee Share Scheme interest holder

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has denied a taxpayer a capital gains tax (CGT) discount on a gain on the disposal of shares she acquired as part of an employee share scheme (ESS).

Sladen Snippet - Fox v FC of T: A cautionary tale on Employee Share Schemes

Sladen Snippet - Fox v FC of T: A cautionary tale on Employee Share Schemes

A taxpayer has been found liable for a tax bill of $106,058 in relation to shares they acquired as part of an employee share scheme (ESS) with their previous employer, NewSat Limited, a now insolvent company with a share value of nil. 

Sladen Snippet; company tax rates – amongst the chaos a beacon emerged

Sladen Snippet; company tax rates – amongst the chaos a beacon emerged

We have previously written (see here and here) about the Tax Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan Base Rate Entities) Bill 2017 (the Bill) that proposes to deny the lower 27.5% corporate tax rate to corporate tax entities with less than $25 million of turnover that derive predominantly (80% or more) passive income (‘base rate entity passive income’) has not been debated by the Parliament since 12 February 2018.

Sladen Snippet - ATO extends Division 7A guideline to UPEs under Sub-Trust Arrangements maturing in the 2019 Income Year

Sladen Snippet - ATO extends Division 7A guideline to UPEs under Sub-Trust Arrangements maturing in the 2019 Income Year

On 15 August 2018, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) updated Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG) 2017/13 to extend its application to Division 7A sub-trust arrangements adopted in accordance with Practice Statement Law Administration 2010/4 (PS LA 2010/4) that mature in the 2019 income year.