CGT marriage breakdown rollover does not apply to entities controlled by former spouses

CGT marriage breakdown rollover does not apply to entities controlled by former spouses

In Ellison v Sandini Pty Ltd [2018] FCAFC 44, the Full Federal Court overturned decision which allowed Mr Sandini (the Taxpayer) to benefit from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) marriage breakdown rollover for the transfer of shares to an entity controlled by his former spouse, pursuant to a Family Court Order (FCO).

Trust vesting: draft ATO Ruling on trust vesting

Trust vesting: draft ATO Ruling on trust vesting

The Commissioner issued Draft Taxation Ruling TR 2017/D10 “Income Tax: Trust Vesting – amending the vesting date and consequences of a trust vesting” on 13 December 2017.

The views in TR 2017/D10 are not materially different from those expressed at recent public forums, although TR 2017/D10 states those views in an administratively binding form and provides further detail (including several examples).

Sladen Snippet: TD 2017/20 confirms the ATO interpretation of “distributes” for the purpose of the FTDT

Sladen Snippet: TD 2017/20 confirms the ATO interpretation of “distributes” for the purpose of the FTDT

As previously reported in June this year, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) published the Draft Taxation Determination TD 2017/D1 altering their previous published interpretation of the meaning of “distributes” for the purposes of the family trust distribution tax (FTDT).

The draft tax determination has now been published in its final form as TD 2017/20, confirming that FTDT can apply where there is a “distribution” to a person who is not a beneficiary of the trust.

Sladen Snippet - Differential streaming of franked dividends and franking credits case granted special leave

Sladen Snippet - Differential streaming of franked dividends and franking credits case granted special leave

On 23 October 2017, the Commissioner was granted special leave to appeal to the High Court against the Full Federal Court’s decision from earlier this year in Thomas v Commissioner of Taxation 2017 FCAFC 57.

Court rules on “present entitlement” and “disclaimer of entitlement” to trust income

Court rules on “present entitlement” and “disclaimer of entitlement” to trust income

The concept of “present entitlement” within the meaning of section 97 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and validity of a “disclaimer of entitlement of income” were considered by the Full Federal Court in the recent case of Lewski v Commissioner of Taxation [2017] FCAFC 145 (Lewski) that illustrates the importance of having trust law and taxation law concepts properly aligned. Lewski was an appeal from a decision of the Administrative Affairs Tribunal.

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.

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.

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.

Real life examples of problematic variation clauses

Real life examples of problematic variation clauses

In September 2016, an article written by Sladen Legal's Phil Broderick, Will Monotti and Ashleigh Eynaud was published in the Tax Institute’s Journal, Taxation in Australia.

This article addresses how trust deed variation clauses vary from trust to trust and gives examples of some of the problematic ones we’ve seen.

Sladen Snippet - Son entitled to an interest in the family home

Sladen Snippet - Son entitled to an interest in the family home

In Behman v Behman [2016] NSWCA 295, the Supreme Court of NSW confirmed the primary judge’s finding that the respondent was entitled to an equitable proprietary estoppel founded on the basis of the appellant’s representations of him having an interest in the family property. 

Complex estate planning in a complex world.

Complex estate planning in a complex world.

On 6 September, 2016 Sladen Legal delivered an event titled Complex estate planning in a complex world.

In it the following issues were examined:

Sladen Snippet - Disclaimer of an interest in a trust – can this be tax effective?

Sladen Snippet - Disclaimer of an interest in a trust – can this be tax effective?

In the April 2016 Edition of the Taxation Institute’s journal ‘Taxation in Australia’, appeared an article entitled ‘Disclaimer of an interest in a trust – can this be tax effective?’ 

Sladen Snippet – Foreign person duty surcharge to increase to 7% from 1 July 2016 and related changes

Sladen Snippet – Foreign person duty surcharge to increase to 7% from 1 July 2016 and related changes

The Victorian Government has passed legislation to increase the duty surcharge on purchasers of residential property by foreign persons to 7% for contracts entered into from 1 July 2016. The changes contain a number of other changes to the foreign purchaser duty regime. 

Sladen Snippet - Strategies for Estate Planning and Asset Protection Following New High Court Decision

Sladen Snippet - Strategies for Estate Planning and Asset Protection Following New High Court Decision

n Fischer & Ors v Nemeske Pty Ltd & Ors ([2016] HCA 11; [2014] NSWSC 203), the High Court yesterday upheld the decisions of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Court of Appeal.

The High Court’s decision confirmed that the resolution of a trustee of a discretionary trust to distribute an amount equal to the value of shares owned by the trustee to a beneficiary (Nemes) created a debt payable upon demand enforceable against the trustee by Nemes’ executor upon Nemes’ death.