The week in review:
TLA (Company Law Review) Bill introduced - The Taxation Laws Amendment(Company Law Review) Bill and Income Tax (Untainting Tax) Bill 1998 were introduced into Parliament on 8 April 1998 to implement the tax measures arising due to the changes being made to the Corporations Law by the Company Law Review Bill 1997.
Status of legislation - The Federal Parliamentary Autumn sittings have now finished and Federal Parliament will not resume sittings until 12 May 1998 (Federal Budget night). For your convenience, we have set out below the status of several tax related Bills as at 9 April 1998.
Name of Bill Bill status Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No 5) Passed in the Senate and 1997 awaiting Royal Assent Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No 6) Still in the Senate - not 1997 considered since December 1997 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No 7) Passed by the House with 1997 amendments. To be introduced into the Senate. Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No 4) Introduced into the House. 1998 Not yet debated. Tax Law Improvement Bill (No 2) 1997 Passed by the House. To be introduced into the Senate. Taxation Laws Amendment (Company Law Introduced into the House. Review) Bill Not yet debated. Income Tax (Untainting Tax) Bill Introduced into the House. 1998 Not yet debated. Taxation Laws Amendment (Trust Loss Awaiting Royal Assent and Other Deductions) Bill 1997 Taxation Laws (Technical Amendments) Introduced into Senate Bill 1997 and not yet debated Superannuation Legislation Amendment Introduced into the Bill 1997 Senate. Medicare Levy Amendment Bill (No 2) Awaiting Royal Assent 1997 Medicare Levy Consequential Awaiting Royal Assent Amendment (Trust Loss) Bill 1997 Family Trust Distribution Tax Received Royal Assent (Primary Liability) Bill 1997 Family Trust Distribution Tax Received Royal Assent (Secondary Liability) Bill 1997
Nil assessment was an assessment - Ryan's case - The Full Federal Court has held that a notice issued to a taxpayer stating that there was nil tax payable was an assessment for the purposes of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.
Malaysian pension taxable in Australia - Article 18(2) of the Australia/Malaysia Double Tax Agreement has been interpreted by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to mean that Malaysian Government pensions are taxable both in Malaysia and Australia (Chong v FC of T).
Choice of superannuation fund start date deferred - The Assistant Treasurer announced on 8 April 1998 that the originally proposed start date of 1 July 1998 for superannuation fund choice for new employees will be deferred. The Government is giving urgent consideration to the most appropriate new start date.
New legislative framework for tax agent services - A new legislative framework for tax agent services was announced by the Assistant Treasurer on 6 April 1998. The proposed legislative changes are intended to create an improved environment for tax agent services by clearly defining the role of tax agents in a legislated Code of Practice.
NSW land tax submission and figures - The NSW Treasury made a submission to the Upper House land tax inquiry which revealed that 80% of revenue comes from people who own land worth more than $500,000; about 3,000 homes and 5% of rental properties are subject to land tax. The Treasury therefore concludes that given the need to raise revenues to pay for Government services, land tax is one of the better options.
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