Common Reporting Standard (CRS) Automatic exchange of offshore account information – OECD reports over 100 jurisdictions exchanging under 3,200+ bilateral relationships

On 5 July 2018, the OECD published a new set of bilateral exchange relationships, established under the Common Reporting Standard Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (CRS MCAA). In total, the international legal network, for the automatic exchange of offshore financial account information, under the CRS now covers over 90 jurisdictions, with the remaining dozen set to…

Multilateral Instrument (MLI) – OECD BEPS Measure 15 – A round up of relevant international choices and resulting effects – at time legislation introduced into the Australian Parliament

  By Pointon Partners – June 21, 2018 [FJM 22.7.2018] A Bill to enact the OECD BEPS Measure 15 – the Multilateral Instrument (MLI), in Australia: the Treasury Laws Amendment (OECD Multilateral Instrument) Bill 2018,  was introduced into our Lower House, on 28 March 2018. At that time the Government hoped that it would become law before the…

NSW Duty – Rubino Investments Pty Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue (NSW) – transfer of land not exempt as transfer to new trustee or transfer to rectify fraud

A transfer of land was not exempt because it did not rectify the consequences of fraudulent conduct. Mr and Mrs R were the registered proprietors of land at Galston. The properties were mortgaged to a bank and they were in danger of losing them. In 2012 a financial adviser organised for the properties to be…

DCT v Donoghue – Summary judgment for tax debt correctly entered for $48m – service effective and formalities established the statutory presumption that the debt was due and payable

The Federal Court was satisfied that relevant documents were property served on the taxpayer and entered summary judgment for the Tax Office in the amount of just over $48m. There were 2 issues for the Court. When the taxpayer’s solicitors ceased to act for him, in relation to both his appeals, against income tax assessments,…

Beckett and Tax Practitioners Board – Tax agent’s registration terminated for not a ‘fit and proper person’ person – multiple dishonesties including unexpired suspended custodial sentences inconsistent with relevant standard

The AAT has confirmed a Tax Practitioners Board’s decision to terminate a tax agent’s registration because she was not a fit and proper person. In November 2017 the Board terminated the applicant’s registration as a tax agent as it did not consider she was a “fit and proper person”, as required by s 20-5 of the Tax Agents Services Act…

Unexplained Wealth Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 – relies on States referring powers for National Co-operative Scheme on the Proceeds of Crime

The Unexplained Wealth Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 was introduced into the Lower House on 20 June 2018 and was referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on 28 June 2018, for inquiry and report by 6 August 2018 (the Bill is still before the House of Reps). It proposes to amend the Proceeds of Crime…

IGT will not seek third term – in his 10 years his office has conducted 30 reviews into ‘systemic’ ATO problems and taken over the Ombudsman’s ‘individual’ complaints function (allowing one to inform the other)

On 9 July 2018, the Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Ali Noroozi, confirmed he will not be seeking reappointment for a third term. In his 10 years as Inspector-General of Taxation Mr Noroozi has undertaken over 30 reviews of issues including ATO debt collection, tax disputes, audits, transfer pricing, services to tax practitioners, taxpayer rights, IT…

TR 2018/5 and PCG 2018/D3 – ATO’s guidance on Company ‘residency’ tests after the Bywater case – has ‘nothing changed’?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has just released its much-anticipated Taxation Ruling on central management and control test of residency. TR 2018/5 covers the circumstances in which a foreign-incorporated entity may be an Australian tax resident, together with draft Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG 2018/D3). This follows the High Court’s recent decision in the Bywater case…

Board of Taxations Report on Australian individual tax residency rules – modernise and include ‘bright line’ (count the days) tests to avoid growing and invasive disputation

On 9 July 2018, the Board of Taxation (BoT) made public its August 2017 report to the Government, Review of the Income Tax Residency Rules for Individuals. on the same day, Minister for Revenue: Kelly O’Dwyer requested that the Board of Taxation undertake further consultation with regard to its recommendation to introduce a new set of…