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  • Role of the Board of Taxation
  • Review the Board’s work
  • Highlight issues on the Board’s plate
  • Focus of the Board’s activities in 2003
board of taxation s role 1
Board of Taxation’s Role (1)

The Board’s mission is stated in its Charter

  • “Recognising the Government’s responsibility for determining taxation policy, and the statutory role of the Commissioner of Taxation, to contribute a business and broader community perspective to improving the design of taxation laws and their operation.”
board of taxation s role 2
Board of Taxation’s Role (2)
  • Purely an advisory body to the Treasurer and the Government
  • No mandate to determine taxation policy matters unless authorised by the Treasurer
  • No power of direction over the Commissioner of Taxation
board of taxation composition
Board of Taxation - Composition
  • In operation for two and a half years
  • Seven non-government members
  • Three ex-officio members
  • Serviced by a small Secretariat within the Treasury
board s work 1
Board’s Work (1)

Major recommendations by the BoT:

  • that development of the TVM not proceed
  • that best practice arrangements for community consultations be established
  • that the responsibility for tax legislation be transferred from the ATO to the Treasury
board s work 2
Board’s Work (2)
  • that new office of Inspector-General of Taxation is a welcome addition to existing tax institutions
  • that there is no compelling case to change the existing tax treatment of trusts
  • Review of International Tax Arrangements
taxation of trusts 1
Taxation of Trusts (1)
  • The Government took the Board’s advice that the entities taxation regime that was to commence in July 2001 - not proceed
  • When the Government withdrew that Bill, it indicated a new round of consultations would be undertaken on principles that can protect legitimate small business and farming arrangements whilst addressing any tax abuse in the trust area
taxation of trusts 2
Taxation of Trusts (2)
  • The Government announced that the Board would be part of the new round of consultations
  • The Board examined the essential issues with the assistance of the Treasury, ATO and external experts
taxation of trusts 3
Taxation of Trusts (3)
  • The Board’s report was released by the Government on 12 December 2002
  • The Treasurer announced on 12 December 2002 that a new measure would be introduced to replace section 109UB that deals with distributions from trusts
taxation of trusts board s recommendations 1
Taxation of Trusts - Board’s Recommendations (1)
  • The efficiency and equity of the tax system would not necessarily be improved by aligning the tax treatment of trusts and companies
  • Retain the current flow-through treatment of distributions of non-assessable amounts
taxation of trusts board s recommendations 2
Taxation of Trusts - Board’s Recommendations (2)
  • Improve effectiveness and fairness
    • improve the effectiveness of the deemed dividend rules so as to more effectively prevent beneficiaries accessing trust income that has borne tax only at the company tax rate; and
    • remove the unfairness in the operation of section 109UB that is currently inducing some small and medium-sized business operators to establish arrangements that enable them to avoid the operation of the section completely
taxation of trusts board s recommendations 3
Taxation of Trusts - Board’s Recommendations (3)
  • Commissioner of Taxation to clarify and publish his views about the deductibility of interest on borrowings used to finance non-assessable distributions to beneficiaries of discretionary trusts
    • If the rulings are unable to deal with the matter, a legislative solution should be considered
international tax 1
International Tax (1)
  • Working Group: Tony D’Aloisio, Chris Jordan and Brett Heading
  • 58 submissions from organisations and individuals
  • The Board’s report was submitted to Government on 28 February
international tax 2
International Tax (2)
  • CFC and FIF rules complex - imposes significant costs on business
  • The costs of maintaining these rules can no longer be justified
  • The tax system needs to continually adapt to increasingly integrated global business environment
international tax 3
International Tax (3)
  • Board’s report in two parts
    • Recommendations Report
    • Consultation Report
      • Confidential volume not to be published but will be made available to the Treasurer
  • Up to the Government to decide when to make the report public - as is the usual case with all Board reports
looking ahead 2003
Looking Ahead - 2003
  • Public consultation on an exposure draft legislation on the definition of a charity
  • Review the effectiveness of community consultation arrangements and the quality and effectiveness of legislation in delivering its policy intent
    • Board will be developing its work program in this area