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 that represents the views of the broader membership of The Tax Institute.
We are concerned that, fundamentally, the draft PCG has not achieved its purpose of clarifying how the ATO intends to apply its compliance resources to potential cases that may trigger the application of section 100A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA 1936).
Although the draft PCG purports to set out different risk zones, we do not consider that taxpayers are provided with enough guidance to clearly identify the features of arrangements that the ATO considers to be high risk or understand the impact of the ATO’s compliance approach. We consider that significant clarification is required throughout the draft PCG to ensure that it provides taxpayers with sufficient guidance.
Our members have provided feedback that they have significant concerns that the ATO’s proposed approach in the draft PCG will result in oppressive and unfair outcomes for taxpayers and tax professionals. Our members have concerns that that ATO guidance on the application of section 100A to trust arrangements has historically been lacking, resulting in taxpayers and tax professionals being required to self-assess without appropriate guidance and support.
The Tax Institute
Tax Counsel Network
Senior Advocate, The Tax Institute
(03) 9603 2008