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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.
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.
Sladen Legal has been recognised as a Recommended Tax Law Firm (Victoria) in the recently released Doyles Guide Tax Law Rankings.
In Nationwide Towing & Transport Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue (No 2)  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.
The Chinese Government is in the news again this week for targeting Australian businesses with a campaign of cyberattacks in an effort to steal intellectual property.
On 22 October 2018, Treasury released a consultation paper to seek views on proposed amendments to Division 7A.
Last week the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) updated its ‘advice under development’ pages to include back-to-back capital gains tax (CGT) roll-overs and what is a ‘restructuring’ for purposes of the demerger provisions.
On 12 October 2018, Treasury released exposure draft legislation concerning the latest changes to the small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions (the concessions).
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).
We reported on the Full Federal Court decision of Pintarich v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation  FCAFC 79 here.
The decision of Burgess v Burgess is another case which considers conflicts of interest in the context of paying super death benefits. It follows a number of recent similar cases, including Re Narumon Pty Ltd, Brine v Carter and McIntosh v McIntosh. The strong consistent theme across all of these cases is that the Courts will strictly uphold fiduciary duties (even if they have “unfair” outcomes).