Federal Court reminds us of the complexity of income tax deductibility, and what it means to carry on a business.

Federal Court reminds us of the complexity of income tax deductibility, and what it means to carry on a business.

In Watson as trustee for the Murrindindi Bushfire Class Active Settlement Fund v Commissioner of Taxation [2019] FCA 228 (Watson), the Federal Court ruled that an investment trust established to hold funds received as compensation for victims of the black Saturday bush fires could not deduct administrative expenses associated with the trust’s operation.  

ATO Decision Impact Statement on Pintarich – troubling views on when a decision may not be a decision

ATO Decision Impact Statement on Pintarich – troubling views on when a decision may not be a decision

We previously reported here and here on the Full Federal Court decision of Pintarich v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [2018] FCAFC 79 (Pintarich) and the unsuccessful application for special leave to the High Court.

ATO releases ruling on when a company carries on a business, providing useful guidance for small business corporate taxpayers

ATO releases ruling on when a company carries on a business, providing useful guidance for small business corporate taxpayers

The Federal Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) has issued Taxation Ruling TR 2019/1 (Ruling) which addresses when a company carries on a business within the meaning of:

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.

Sladen Snippet – ATO to seek special leave to appeal to the High Court in Harding

Sladen Snippet – ATO to seek special leave to appeal to the High Court in Harding

We previously reported here in relation to the Full Federal Court decision in the residency case of Harding v COT [2019] FCAFC 29 (Harding) which found in favour of Mr Harding, reversing the Federal Court’s decision at first instance.

Draft Tax Determination highlights the risks of back-to-back CGT Roll-overs.

Draft Tax Determination highlights the risks of back-to-back CGT Roll-overs.

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.

Sladen Legal trio voted among Australia’s Best Lawyers

Sladen Legal trio voted among Australia’s Best Lawyers

Sladen Legal’s Daniel Smedley, Neil Brydges and Phil Broderick have received recognition in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia. The list of impressive legal professionals was announced in the Australian Financial Review on 22 March 2019.

Sladen Snippet - Tax audits on rental properties

Sladen Snippet - Tax audits on rental properties

As reported recently by The Age and ABC News, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is targeting property investors particularly taxpayers who may have made mistakes, errors or false claims on their tax returns in relation to property owned for investment purposes.

If you don’t ask, you’ll never know: Pedley and allocation of payments made to the ATO

If you don’t ask, you’ll never know: Pedley and allocation of payments made to the ATO

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.

Sladen Snippet - Active Asset Test – land used for storage: Eichmann v Commissioner of Taxation [2019] AATA 162

Sladen Snippet - Active Asset Test – land used for storage: Eichmann v Commissioner of Taxation [2019] AATA 162

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has determined that land, used to store tools and materials for the purposes of operating a business, constituted an “active asset” for the purposes of the small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions.

Sladen Snippet - ATO changes it view on what is love and affection

Sladen Snippet - ATO changes it view on what is love and affection

On 6 February 2019, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) withdrew its long-standing Interpretative Decision 2003/589 that a company can forgive a debt owed by a natural person for reasons of “natural love and affection” and not trigger consequences under the commercial debt forgiveness rules.

‘What is mine is yours: Tomaras and the substitution of tax debtors’

‘What is mine is yours: Tomaras and the substitution of tax debtors’

The High Court in Commissioner of Taxation v Tomaras & Ors (2018) HCA 62 (Tomaras) has confirmed the Federal Circuit Court had jurisdiction to make orders altering the property interests of parties to a marriage substituting one party for the other party as sole debtor to the Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) in respect of income tax liabilities owed by the first party.

Sladen Snippet - Tribunal determines that transfer of land between SMSFs does not trigger duty

Sladen Snippet - Tribunal determines that transfer of land between SMSFs does not trigger duty

In a recent case of Nifuno Pty Ltd atf Stephen Forbes Pension Fund v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2019] NSWCATOD 3, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) considered the application of an available duty concession for the transfer of property in connection with persons changing superannuation funds, including self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs).