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Blatant, artificial or contrived? presentation

Published on 02 May 13 by SOUTH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, THE TAX INSTITUTE

The introduction in 2008 of provisions in the Land Tax Act giving the Commissioner power to disregard minority interests in land, and the more recent introduction of general anti-avoidance rules in the Taxation Administration Act, has left many clients exposed to land tax assessments on a multiple holding basis and has given rise to a feeling of uncertainty as to what structures can still be used to effectively maintain separate ownerships.

This presentation covers:

  • a brief overview of the relevant provisions in the Land Tax Act including the definition of “owner” and the operation of sections 13 and 13A
  • a brief overview of the new general anti-avoidance provisions including the meaning of “tax avoidance scheme” and “blatant, artificial or contrived”
  • examples of the types of ownership structures that are being investigated by Revenue SA
  • examples of situations in which Revenue SA has disregarded minority interests
  • examples of structures that remain effective to achieve a separate ownershipunder the Land Tax Act
  • a discussion of whether the general anti-avoidance rules could apply to deny the effectiveness of these structures.

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Briony RICE
Current at 23 May 2013
 

This was presented at 46th South Australian Convention .

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