On 6 February 2019, and as previously reported here, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) withdrew its longstanding public guidance that a company could forgive a debt for “natural love and affection” under the exception in the commercial debt forgiveness rules (CDF Rules) in Division 245. At that time, the ATO said it is developing guidance on the issue.
When involved in a dispute with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), dealing with the interest and penalties that may be imposed by the ATO in relation to a tax liability by seeking remission of those amounts, objecting, or having a reasonably arguable position opinion can be an important part of any dispute resolution strategy.
The anonymity central to the very nature of cryptocurrency means that if access details are misplaced, they are often lost forever. Despite the continual development of new online wallets and marketplaces to acquire, store and transmit cryptocurrency, the potential for theft of cryptocurrency remains.
We have previously written on the ATO releasing guidance on demergers and back-to-back CGT roll-overs. The ATO recently released Draft Taxation Determination TD 2019/D1 concerning demergers although the ATO’s draft views may be illustrative of the Commissioner’s views in the context of back-to-back CGT rollovers.
In Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Pedley (No 2) (2018) FCA 2015 (Pedley), the Federal Court confirmed the wide discretion available to the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) to allocate payments made to it for tax debts especially where the taxpayer has not provided explicit direction as to what payments should be applied to which debts.
Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) Bill 2018 has now passed both houses of parliament. The Bill includes the following measures to increase the ability of the ATO to enforce the super guarantee laws.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released key super contribution caps, rates and thresholds for the 2016/17 year. These include:
- Concessional contribution caps – for persons aged less than 49 on 30 June 2016 the cap will remain at $30,000 - for persons aged 49+ on 30 June 2016 the higher cap of $35,000 will apply;
- Non-concessional contributions cap- will remain at $180,000, while the “bring forward” cap will remain at $540,000;
- CGT contributions cap - will increase to $1,415,000.
- Super guarantee maximum super contribution base- will increase to $51,620 per quarter, while the super guarantee rate will remain at 9.5%;
- Lump sum low rate cap- will increase to $195,000.
In our previous Sladen Snippet, we confirmed that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will not take active steps to review non-commercial limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBA) loans prior to 30 June 2016, but that such LRBA loans should be put on arm’s length terms by 30 June 2016. If that occurs then the ATO has stated that it will not actively review such non-commercial LRBAs in prior years.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has confirmed that it will not take active steps to review non-commercial limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBA) loans prior to 30 June 2016.
Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) trustees are being encouraged to rectify their non-commercial LRBA loans by putting them on arm’s length terms by 30 June 2016. If that occurs then the ATO has confirmed that it will not actively review such non-commercial LRBA loans in prior years. Although not expressly stated on the ATO’s website, the ATO has indicated that such rectification does not need to be retrospective.
It discusses some of the unresolved issues and complexities associated with the taxation treatment of trust unpaid present entitlements for Division 7A purposes and bad debt write-offs, despite the Australian Taxation Office’s attempts to address these matters in draft Taxation Determinations TD 2015/D4 and TD 2015/D5.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has published guidance on penalties that could apply for deficient valuations. Valuations for income tax purposes of assets such as real property, shares in companies and units in unit trusts, are relevant in a number of contexts, including the capital gains tax provisions, the maximum net asset value test, the market value substitution rule, the GST Margin Scheme, and for assets held in self-managed superannuation funds.
The ATO warns that taxpayers who undertake their own property valuations or use valuations from unqualified people may be liable to pay administrative penalties where the valuations later prove to be deficient.
On 7 November 2013 the ATO released a Practice Statement (Practice Statement Law Administration 2013/5 (PS LA 2013/5)) which details the Commissioner’s policy (previously included in Chapter 35 of the ATO’s Receivables Policy) in relation to:
- the collection of group liabilities from the Head Company, member entities and entities that have exited a Consolidated Group;
- Tax Sharing Agreements (TSAs); and
- the requirements for a member entity to make a “clear exit” from the Group.