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Part IVA and international transactions


There have been several important recent cases which have considered the application of Pt IVA (the general anti-avoidance provision of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth)) to international transactions. In this article, the author examines five such decisions, each of which had a broad international
dimension and ran into problems in the context of Pt IVA. The article then turns to the so-called "anticipated Myer litigation" which arose out of the float of the Myer Emporium, and examines the critical tax issues that will arise in any tax litigation that may ensue, and the possible relevance of Pt IVA.

The author then reviews the key messages emerging from the cases, and summarises the features that the Commissioner is likely to look for when considering the application of Pt IVA, having regard to, in particular, the Commissioner's own practice statement and relevant case law.

Author profile

Prof Bob Deutsch CTA
Bob is Senior Tax Counsel at The Tax Institute. Bob was until very recently the Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), and for over 20 years was a Professor in Taxation Law with the University of New South Wales. Bob specialises in taxation matters, with a special emphasis on international tax. His time with the AAT required extensive involvement in corporate law, social security and immigration matters. He also has experience as a solicitor with a major national law firm, as an independent barrister and as a director with a major accounting firm. He has written widely in his fields of specialisation as well as in the area of financial statements, and is an ongoing contributor to the highly successful Thomson Reuters Australian Tax Handbook. - Current at 04 March 2020
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