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Part IVA and consolidated groups: Grazing on uncertainty


The decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court in Channel Pastoral Holdings Pty Ltd v FCT was the second of two decisions which have considered the interaction of Pt IVA (the general anti-avoidance provision) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and the tax consolidation regime (the first was FCT v Macquarie Bank Ltd). In Channel Pastoral, the court held that Pt IVA could apply to a scheme or an arrangement involving the formation of a tax consolidated group, and that the correct entity to which to issue a determination and corresponding assessment (or amended assessment) is the group member which would have derived the tax benefit had the consolidated group not been formed.

This article examines the case in detail, outlines a number of implications, and argues that there is still confusion as to who should be the subject of a determination and an assessment in these situations.

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Clinton Harding CTA
Clint is a partner at Arnold Bloch Leibler and leads the Sydney taxation practice. Clint advises across most taxes, with particular expertise in corporate and international tax, the taxation of financial instruments and transactions, and the management of tax audits and disputes with the ATO. Clint is the author of numerous tax articles, a regular presenter, and is currently a working member of The Tax Institute’s Large Business and International Committee. In 2018, Clint won The Tax Institute’s Corporate Tax Adviser of the Year Award and is the National Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Taxation Committee. - Current at 26 June 2019
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Peter Scott FTI
Peter Scott, Peter Scott practices in Arnold Bloch Leibler’s taxation group. Peter provides strategic and technical tax advice to a diverse range of Australian and international clients, public corporations, private groups, and high-net-worth individuals. He advises across most areas of tax with a particular focus on corporate and international tax, deals, employee share schemes, trusts, and tax controversy matters. Peter graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2013 with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws with first class honours in law. Peter worked as a tax analyst at a Big 4 accounting firm before joining the firm as a lawyer in early 2015. Peter was admitted to practice in August 2014. - Current at 12 February 2019
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