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In joint media release No 2011/140, issued 26 October 2011, the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, and the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, announced the release of a discussion paper on the design and implementation details of the new infrastructure tax loss incentive, previously announced in the 2011-12 Budget.

"The proposed changes will allow investors to more easily and with greater flexibility claim losses, making this type of investment more attractive to the private sector, including superannuation funds," Mr Shorten said.

The new rules for tax losses that are attributable to designated infrastructure projects will:

  • Uplift the value of carry forward tax losses by the 10 year Government bond rate
  • Exempt the tax losses from the continuity of ownership test and the same business test.

Consultation on the discussion paper will close on 9 December 2011.


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