In the development of this submission, we have closely consulted with our National Small and Medium Enterprises Technical Committee and National Taxation of Individuals Committee to prepare a considered response which represents the views of the broader membership of The Tax Institute.
Given that the draft TD will effectively replace Taxation Ruling TR 2010/3: Income tax: Division 7A loans: trust entitlements (TR 2010/3), and Law Administration Practice Statement PS LA 2010/4: Division 7A: trust entitlements (PS LA 2010/4), it is important to ensure that taxpayers will still have access to the relevant information and be able to effectively transition from the existing guidance to the new guidance. In particular, this will involve ensuring that any safe harbours or existing concessions — particularly, the treatment of pre-16 December 2009 unpaid present entitlements (UPEs) and the availability of the sub-trust options set out in PS LA 2010/4 until maturity for existing arrangements — continue to be in place, otherwise taxpayers will risk being unfairly targeted for following and applying historical ATO guidance.
The Tax Institute
Tax Counsel Network
Senior Advocate, The Tax Institute
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