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Following the election and pending final vote counting, it is expected that the Coalition, under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, will return to government in the 46th Federal Parliament.
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The Prime Minister has announced that Australians will go to the polls on 18 May. Tax matters, relating both to individuals and business, look like being a central point of policy distinction between the Coalition and the Labor Party, and the source of much of the election debate.
The 45th Federal Parliament commenced on 30 August 2016, with the Government led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Barrack Obama was still in the White House, and the United Kingdom had recently decided by referendum to exit the EU.
On 5 April 2019, the ATO released draft tax ruling TR 2019/D2 on the application of the arm’s length debt test (ALDT) for thin capitalisation purposes. The draft ruling provides interpretative guidance on key technical issues in determining a taxpayer’s arm’s length debt amount and on the relevant record-keeping requirements.
On 28 March 2019, Australia and Israel signed the first ever double tax treaty between the two countries, together with an accompanying protocol. The Australian Treasurer indicated that the new treaty includes OECD/G20 BEPS project recommendations, demonstrating the government's commitment to tackling international tax avoidance. In that regard, the treaty adopts most of the OECD's BEPS recommended treaty changes.
The Full Federal Court handed down its decision in the RCF matter on 2 April 2019. The decision addresses a number of important and complex issues relating to the taxation of a corporate limited partnership, the application of a tax treaty to such an entity where another country treats it as fiscally transparent.
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27 March 2019 | Multilateral Instrument: now in force in Australia
26 March 2019 | ATO guidance on inbound distributors
19 March 2019 | Tax Transparency Code: proposed increase in scope
20 February 2019 | Tax challenges of digitalisation: OECD paper released
12 December 2018 | Black economy measures draw a wide net
18 October 2018 | ATO releases revised guidance on MAP – what does it mean for you?
27 September 2018 | Diverted profits tax: where are we now?
25 September 2018 | Can you identify your Reportable Tax Positions?
25 September 2018 | R&D Tax Incentive Bill introduced into Parliament
August 2018 | More headaches for more Significant Global Entities
21 June 2018 | Corporate residency test – ATO’s new approach
14 June 2018 | Senate Inquiry into corporate tax avoidance final report
20 February 2018 | GST withholding obligation for residential property purchasers
14 February 2018 | Resource Capital Fund decision
13 February 2018 | Foreign residents to be excluded from CGT main residence exemption
22 November 2017 | US Tax reform – What does it mean for Australia?
October 2017 | Clarity in financial reporting
7 September 2017 | Your tax affairs in the public spotlight
27th October 2016 | General purpose financial statements: the current state of play
14th December 2015 | Foreign resident CGT withholding regime
4th November 2015 | Deconstructing the Chevron Transfer Pricing Case
18th August 2015 | The Senate Inquiry Interim Report