No Discount Capital Gain On The Sale Of Shares - Paule V FCT, Hart v FCT [2019] FCA394

No Discount Capital Gain On The Sale Of Shares - Paule V FCT, Hart v FCT [2019] FCA394

The Federal Court has ruled, in a decision that the Court itself described as an “unpalatable result”, that the capital gains tax (CGT) discount did not apply to the sale of shares held by a trust.

Payroll tax cuts in regional Victoria

Payroll tax cuts in regional Victoria

Thousands of businesses across regional Victoria have already taken advantage of the Victorian Government’s regional payroll tax cuts, which have saved businesses more than $31 million in the first financial year it was introduced.

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.

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.

Corporate Reconstruction and Consolidation Relief from duty – the Victorian provisions and requirements to make an application

Corporate Reconstruction and Consolidation Relief from duty – the Victorian provisions and requirements to make an application

Under the Duties Act 2000 (Vic) (Act) there are corporate reconstruction and consolidation relief provisions that provide for an exemption for the direct or indirect transfer of dutiable property (including landholder acquisitions).

Changes in the wind: increased tightening of taxpayers’ eligibility to CGT small business concessions

Changes in the wind: increased tightening of taxpayers’ eligibility to CGT small business concessions

The application of the small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions in Division 152 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (CGT Concessions) is an area of interest for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Sladen Snippet - Illegal Phoenix Activity – Modernising Business Registers and the new Phoenix Hotline

Sladen Snippet - Illegal Phoenix Activity – Modernising Business Registers and the new Phoenix Hotline

On 9 May 2018 we reported to you new initiatives regarding proposed laws targeting illegal phoenix activity (https://sladen.com.au/news/2018/5/9/sladen-snippet-proposed-laws-targeting-illegal-phoenix-activity) announced by the Federal Government in the 2018/2019 Budget.  Consistent with the proposed measures announced under the budget, the Federal Government has now:

Sladen Snippet - Individuals’ financial affairs at risk of being reported to foreign jurisdictions by the ATO

Sladen Snippet - Individuals’ financial affairs at risk of being reported to foreign jurisdictions by the ATO

Australia is obligated under Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) regimes to automatically exchange financial account information with foreign jurisdictions.

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).

Sladen Snippet - What is “market value” for the purpose of the MNAV test

Sladen Snippet - What is “market value” for the purpose of the MNAV test

In Commissioner of Taxation v Miley, the Federal Court overturned decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) concerning the share valuation method for the purposes of the maximum net asset value (MNAV) test in s 152-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Partner is denied access to partnership’s carried forward tax losses

Partner is denied access to partnership’s carried forward tax losses

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has recently held that tax losses were not available to a partner in a property development partnership.

Income from incidental activity is part of entity’s annual turnover and might bar CGT concessions

Income from incidental activity is part of entity’s annual turnover and might bar CGT concessions

The Federal Court of Australia denied the application of the CGT small business concession on the basis that an unusual activity carried on by an associated entity to the taxpayer contributed to the aggregated annual turnover of that entity to be more than $2,000,000.

Sladen Snippet - Changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate eligibility criteria and cap reduction

Sladen Snippet - Changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate eligibility criteria and cap reduction

In light of the 2016-17 Federal Budget handed down earlier this year, followed by consultation with participants in the wine industry, the Turnbull Government has announced on 02 December 2016 reforms to the WET Rebate. The purpose of these reforms, as stated by Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Small Business, Kelly O’Dwyer is to address “distortions in the market through the misuse and exploitation of the WET Rebate scheme”.

Consolidations - ACA calculations and pre-CGT assets - High Court denies special leave in Financial Synergy Holdings case

Consolidations - ACA calculations and pre-CGT assets - High Court denies special leave in Financial Synergy Holdings case

Financial Synergy Holdings Pty Ltd v FC of T [2016] FCAFC 31 - High Court denies application for special leave to appeal