Income tax Deductions 2008

The market based capital revenue boundary and income tax payments

Source: Australian Tax Forum Journal Article

Published Date: 1 Dec 2008

The marketplace provides notions of capital and revenue that contrast with the tests applied in the tax world for distinguishing between them. This paper examines the market based criteria and points to their advantages in determining the troublesome capital-revenue boundary. The criteria are applied to income tax payments, which are classified as on revenue account. The paper considers the accepted wisdom that tax payments cannot be deductible and raises questions about the validity of certain assumptions underlying that view; first, that deductibility of tax payments contravenes the principle that determination of the tax base must be anterior to the fixing of the tax liability and second, that deductibility would be impractical on mathematical grounds.

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