*Government to rename the Federal Magistrates Court as the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ [23]

The Federal Attorney-General announced on Thur 13.9.2012, that the Federal Magistrates Court will be renamed the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and the title of Federal Magistrate will be renamed Judge. The Federal Magistrates Court has occasionally handed down tax-related decisions, such as the decision in Tang & Anor v Bassili & Ors [2011] FMCA…

*Bell v FCT – CGT – Court finds the ‘net asset value test’ failed because an money was held in an interest off-set account instead of being used to pay off the mortgage – even though another loan in trust did relate to assets [21]

The Federal Court has dismissed a taxpayer’s appeal from the decision in AAT Case [2012] AATA 45, Re Bell and FCT in which the AAT found that the taxpayer failed to qualify for the CGT small business concessions in relation to a capital gain of $6m made by a family trust to which the taxpayer…

*DCT v Bollands & Ors – Freezing orders varied to allow taxpayer access to funds for legal expenses [20]

The Federal Court has allowed a taxpayer’s interlocutory application to vary freezing orders to allow the taxpayer to access funds to meet “reasonable legal expenses” in relation to a complex dispute with the Commissioner over an $11.8m tax debt. The freezing orders were made in relation to funds held by a related trust to which…

*Thorpe v FCT – AAT ordered to rehear case after reproducing the Commissioner’s submissions without attribution (no independent thought?) [19]

The Federal Court has remitted a matter to be heard and decided again by the AAT after finding that the AAT had made an error of law amounting to a constructive failure to exercise its jurisdiction by substantially reproducing the Commissioner’s written submissions verbatim and without attribution in its reasons for its decision. The substantiative…

*Palassis & Ors v FCT (No 2) – Income tax and GST assessments, and Div 7A issues: AAT ordered to rehear case [18]

The Federal Court has remitted a matter to be heard and decided again by the AAT after finding the AAT had made an error of law amounting to a constructive failure to exercise its jurisdiction by substantially reproducing the Commissioner’s written submissions verbatim and without attribution. The substantive issue in the case concerns the taxpayer’s…

*Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited v Konza – Full Federal Court confirms validity of s 264 notices seeking Vanuatu bank information [17]

The Full Federal Court has unanimously upheld the decision in Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited v Konza [2012] FCA 196 and confirmed that notices issued by the ATO under s 264 of the ITAA 1936 to the Bank were valid. The notices sought information about customers of an affiliate of ANZ with accounts…