Black Economy Taskforce – Minister releases its Interim Report and Consultation Document containing 54 ideas for further feedback prior to final report due October 2017

On 2.8.2017, the Minister for Revenue announced the release of the following two documents by the ‘Black Economy Taskforce’ (headed by Mr Michael Andrews): Its interim report (see table of contents below). A consultation document containing a list of 54 ideas. These ideas are not recommendations but the product of the Taskforce’s extensive ‘roadshow’ consultation…

Class Rulings 2017/47-51 – Retirement Schemes of Illawarra Coal and EnergyAustralia Yallourn and various rollovers in the merger of Touchcorp and Afterplay

On  Wed 2.8.2017, the ATO issued 5 Class Rulings: CR 2017/47 – South32 Illawarra Coal Holdings Pty Ltd Retirement Scheme 2017. The ATO accepts that the scheme is an early retirement scheme for the purposes of s 83-180 of the ITAA 1997. The ruling applies from 2 August 2017 to 30 April 2018; CR 2017/48 – CGT roll-over: exchange of…

Joint toolkit designed to help developing countries tackle the complexities of taxing offshore indirect transfers of assets – IMF, OECD, UN & World Bank seeking feedback on draft ‘toolkit’

01/08/2017 – The Platform for Collaboration on Tax – the OECD announced a joint initiative of the IMF, OECD, UN and World Bank Group to issue a draft toolkit designed to help developing countries tackle the complexities of taxing offshore indirect transfers of assets, a practice by which some multinational corporations try to minimise their…

Diverted Profits Tax – ATO flags development of a LCG to clarify new concepts; a PSLA on processes leading up to a DPT assessment; safeguards built into the procedure to issue a DPT assessment

The ‘Diverted Profits Tax’ (DPT) legislation received Royal Assent on 4 April 2017, with Schedule 1 to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Act 2017 implementing the DPT and the Diverted Profits Tax Act 2017 setting the 40% tax on profits. The DPT law applies to DPT tax benefits arising in an income year…

GST – Collection Models for GST on Low Value Imported Goods – Discussion Paper issued by the Productivity Commission reference on this subject, required as a condition of the deferred operation of the new law for vendor (etc.) collection of the GST

The Productivity Commission has released a Discussion Paper on Collection Models for GST on Low Value Imported Goods – to assist with its inquiry on this subject – commissioned by the Treasurer on 30 June 2017. The Commission is to report by 31 October 2017 and it has requested submissions from the public by 30…