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– April 2015 Developments –

This is a collection of developments in Australian tax law and practice that occurred in April 2015 and which aims at being of relevance to tax lawyers.*

F John Morgan
A member of the Victorian Bar (www.FJMtax.com)

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation

Table of Contents





Acts, Bills & Draft Legislation

*Managed investment trusts – proposed tax system: draft legislation [1]

*ESS Bill: Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Employee Share Schemes) Bill 2015 – introduced [2]

*CGT scrip-for-scrip rollover – integrity rules to be tightened: draft leg released [3]

*Consolidation loopholes addressed: draft legislation released [4]

Cents per Kilometre Car Deductions – Treasury Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No 1) Regulation 2015 [5]

Higher education loan scheme (HECS): 2015-16 repayment rates and income thresholds [6]



*GST to cover intangible supplies by non-residents; $1,000 threshold may also be lowered [7]

*Structure of the tax system: Treasury paper released on theoretical aspects [8]

Negative gearing – no changes says the Prime Minister [9]

UK and Australia agree to collaborate on multinational tax [10]

Serious tax offenders brought to justice – ATO and DPP [11]




High Court

Justice Gordon appointed to the High Court [12]

*Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd v The Commonwealth of Australia – issue of free ‘carbon units’ did not give preference to one state and therefore valid [13]

*FCT v Australian Building Systems Pty Ltd (in liq) & Anor – special leave to appeal – liquidator does not have to retain funds for tax on disposal [14]


Full Federal Court



Federal Court

Bond v FCT – Pilot’s insurance proceeds on losing his license for medical reasons was an ETP and not capital for personal injury under s82-135 [15]

*Commissioner of Taxation v Seymour – AAT should not have permitted the taxpayer to give video evidence for fear of arrest or DPO [16]

*Donoghue v FCT – recovery proceedings dismissed – underlying assessments invalid because of intentional use of material protected by LPP [17]

Hii v FCT – Failure to consider ‘fraud or evasion’ issue not s39B invalid – Notice of Assessment conclusive except in Part IVC proceedings [18]


Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

*Trustee for the Payne Superannuation Fund v FC of T – ‘net exempt income’ losses cannot be carried forward to reduce future ‘net exempt income’ [19]

*Re Applicant and FCT – no reduction in tax on capital gain for prior year capital loss; lot compulsorily acquired and holding costs [20]

Re Pacific Worldwide Pty Ltd and CEO of Customs – taxpayer wins as imported wontons, dumplings not classified as ‘pasta’ [21]

Re Creation Ministries International Ltd and Screen Australia – Refundable film tax offset disallowed [22]


Other Courts & Tribunals

*Westpac Banking Corporation v Jamieson & Ors – Judgment for damages resulting from financial loss upheld; gross-up for taxable damages [23]

*In the matter of 4 Doonan Street Collinsville Pty Ltd (in liq) – FCT can set off amounts in the taxpayer’s RBA without breaching liquidation rules [24]

*Paloto Pty Limited v Herro – No variation in trust vesting date to avoid tax liabilities [25]

*Robson & Ors v FCT – Incorporated association legislation does not import Corporations Act provisions about unfair preferences on winding up [26]



FCT v Macoun – taxpayer seeks leave to appeal to the High Court from decision that a World Bank pension was not exempt from tax [27]




Decision Impact statements







TD 2015/10 – Interest arising from arrangement funding return through connected entities [28]


Class Rulings & Product Rulings

Class Rulings on 1.4.15 [29]

Product Ruling 1.4.15 [30]

CR 2015/28 & PR 2015/5 [31]

CR 2015/29 – Chandler Macleod Group Limited Scheme of Arrangement and Permitted Dividend [32]


ATO Interpretative Decisions

ATO ID 2015/9 – No SGC on attributed personal services income (it’s not actual salary and wages) [33]


Practice Statements



Tax Alerts

*TA 2015/1      : Private company dividends diverted to SMSF – concerns that it might be dividend stripping or ‘non-arm’s length income in the fund [34]


Other ATO news or statements

Wealthy individuals and their private groups: ATO starts “tax assurance talks” [35]

Early ATO warning – franked distributions funded by capital raisings [36]

Tips for trustees of death benefits [37]

Choose reporting options for PAYGi and GSTi – election of method must be made in the first quarter [38]

Federal Taxation Statistics 2012-13 [39]




Legislation & Announcements (GST)

GST to cover intangible supplies by non-residents; id=”mce_marker”,000 threshold may also be lowered [40]



Cases (GST)

*Re Andrew Garrett in his capacity as an Authorised Officer of various trusts – no standing as holder of trustee’s power of attorney – breach of Corps Act [41]

Australia Pacific LNG Pty Ltd & Ors v Building & Construction Industry (Portable Long Service leave) Authority – levy on GST-inclusive cost [42]

Rulings, Determinations & Other things (GST)




Legislation, Announcements etc. (Super)



Cases (Super)

Temporary Residents – draft legislation to exempt employers having to offer choice of funds for superannuation contributions [43]

Trustee for the Payne Superannuation Fund v FC of T – ‘net exempt income’ losses cannot be carried forward to reduce future ‘net exempt income’ [44]


Rulings & Other things (Super)

Ward’s case – ATO’s view of AAT’s approach to reviewing ‘excess super contributions tax assessments’ [45]







*‘Debt – Equity’ report released by Minister and draft legislation foreshadowed to implement recommendations to reduce uncertainty and cost [46]




*IGoT tax over Ombudsman’s tax function from 1 May 2015 [47]




Tax (financial) advisers: TPB info sheets on sufficient/relevant experience for advisers applying for registration during the ‘transition period’ [48]

Re ATP Group Pty Ltd and FCT – AAT grants stay in tax agent’s deregistration [49]




Legislation & Announcements (State)

*NT Budget 2015-16: payroll tax; stamp duty changes [50]

Vic stamp duty: Nanos & Anor v Comr of State Revenue – substantially one arrangement, so dutiable value aggregated [51]


Cases (State)

NSW land tax: Bright & Anor v Chief Comr of State Revenue – principal residence exemption refused because of lease longer than 6 months [52]

NSW land tax: Perumal v Chief Comr of State Revenue – Applicant could not get PPR concession for both their ‘previous’ and ‘new’ residences [53]

Qld payroll tax: Comr of State Revenue v Gympie Noosa Broadcasters Pty Ltd & Ors – summary judgment for Commissioner – no prospect of success [54]

SA land tax: T & S Liapis Pty Ltd v Comr of State Taxation – primary production exemption allowed [55]


Rulings & Other (State)





Global tech giants give evidence (or fail to) at the Senate hearings into corporate tax avoidance [56]






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Source Abbreviations: ‘EDTN’ = Electronic Daily Tax News, published by CCH; ‘LTN’ = Latest Tax News published by Thomsons; and ‘Taxvine’ is the weekly publication by the Tax Institute of Australia; Greenfields = Greenfields Financial Services; TaxBar = Melbourne Tax Bar Association Newsletter at www.vicbar.com.au / Members / Bar Associations / Tax

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