NDIS supplies made GST-free supplies under 2013 Ministerial Determination extended 12 months to 30 June 2017 to enable a full review

The GST-free Supply (National Disability Insurance Scheme Supports) Amendment Determination 2016 (No 1) was registered on 2 May 2016 and commenced 1 day later on 3 May 2016. It extends the operation of the determination 12 months. The original (2013) Determination was made by the Disability Services Minister under s38-38(1)(d) of the GST Act and and specifies 22 kinds of…

Bywater Investments Limited (Hua Wang Bank Berhad) v Commissioner of Taxation – HC grants leave to appeal residency decision

The High Court has granted the taxpayers special leave to appeal against the Full Federal Court decision in Bywater Investments Ltd & Ors v FCT [2015] FCAFC 176. The Full Federal Court had dismissed the taxpayers’ appeals from 2 Federal Court decisions that had held the taxpayers were residents of Australia for tax purposes and were liable to pay…

New FIRB ‘taxation conditions’ – comply with taxation laws; provide documents etc.; pay tax; annual report on compliance and extra tax risk conditions

The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) says the 2016-17 Federal Budget makes important protections to the integrity of Australia’s tax base, designed to ensure that all individuals and businesses pay the right amount of tax. Following the Treasurer’s 22 February 2016 announcement that standard tax conditions would be applied to foreign investment approvals, there have been consultations…

Report on implementing OECD’s BEPS Action 2 to eliminate hybrid mismatch arrangements – report released with announcement to legislate

In the 2016-17 Federal Budget (on 3.5.16), the Government announced that it would implement the OECD’s rules in BEPS Action 2 to eliminate hybrid mismatch arrangements, taking into account the recommendations made by the Board of Taxation in its report on the Australian implementation of the OECD hybrid mismatch rules. The report was announced on…

Voluntary ‘Tax Transparency Code (TTC) – Board recommendations for Large companies (over $500m turnover) and Medium companies (over $100m turnover) – report released

The Government released the Board of Taxation’s final report on a voluntary tax transparency code (TTC) on 3 May 2016. On 11 December 2015, the Board released a consultation paper. The Board completed its development of a tax transparency code and provided its report to Government on 16 February 2016. The code is designed to encourage greater public disclosure of tax…

Implementing a Diverted Profits Tax – Treasury Consultation Paper – May 2016

BACKGROUND TACKLING MULTINATIONAL TAX AVOIDANCE The Government is strongly committed to ensuring that multinationals pay their fair share of tax in Australia. The Government has been working determinedly, in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and through its leadership role in the G20, to ensure multinationals are paying their fair share…

PS LA 2016/2 – Transfer pricing penalties for Subdiv 815-A: 25% or 10% if reasonably arguable rising (c/f 50% or 25% for post transition Subdiv 815B adjustments)

On Thurs 5 May 2016, the ATO  released Practice Statement Law Administration PS LA 2016/2 – Administration of scheme penalties arising from the application of Subdiv 815-A for income years which started on or after 1 July 2004 and before 1 July 2012 (transition period). For income years which commenced within the transition period, the Practice Statement explains when liability for a…

CR 2016/24 & 25 – Early Retirement Scheme and Scheme of Arrangement and payment of an ‘interim’ and ‘special’ dividend

On Wed 4.5.16 the ATO issued the following Class Rulings:

  • CR 2016/24: Essential Energy Transformation Early Retirement Scheme. It applies from 4 May 2016 to 31 December 2017.
  • CR 2016/25: Colorpak Limited – Scheme of Arrangement and payment of Interim and Special Dividends. It applies from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

[CR 2016/24] [CR 2016/25] [LTN 84, 4/5/16]