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SALGFMG Conference Local Government Tax Updates. 27 MARCH 2009. GST Developments. Compulsory Acquisitions – Hornsby Shire Council vs ATO The ATO has made a decision that it will NOT appeal the decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in the above case.

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Salgfmg conference local government tax updates

SALGFMG Conference Local Government Tax Updates

27 MARCH 2009


Gst developments
GST Developments

  • Compulsory Acquisitions – Hornsby Shire Council vs ATO

  • The ATO has made a decision that it will NOT appeal the decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in the above case.

  • The most significant outcome is that entities acquiring land under compulsory acquisition may no longer assume that such transactions are out of scope of GST. GST may be payable on some compulsory acquisitions.

  • The Tribunal's decision affirms the Tax Office's view in GSTR 2006/9 that, as a general principle, an entity must do something in order to make a supply.


Gst developments1
GST Developments

  • What if you’re unsure about GST on Grants received?

  • Grantee and grantor must continue to treat grant transactions consistently for GST purposes.

  • You must continue to treat grants according to the RCTI. That is, if the RCTI shows that the grant transaction is a taxable supply, you must pay the GST. Do not treat a grant transaction as non-taxable where an RCTI has been issued showing that the transaction is taxable.

  • You and the grantor lodge a joint private ruling request


Gst developments2
GST Developments

  • GST and FBT – definition of fringe benefit

  • The FBT legislation provides that an exempt fringe benefit is not a fringe benefit.

  • The GST legislation provides that an exempt benefit is a fringe benefit.

  • The different treatment of exempt benefits has implications for both GST and FBT and you need to be aware of these. Two situations in which this treatment manifests itself are;

  • It is because the GST legislation treats exempt benefits as fringe benefits that employee contributions towards exempt benefits can be subject to GST.

  • Exempt benefits are not reflected on the FBT return. This should be contrasted where an FBT reduction reduces the FBT value of a benefit to nil.


Fbt developments
FBT Developments

  • Home to work travel and home garaging – effect on pool cars

  • Where more than one employee garages a car at or near their home, the car will qualify as a pool car. Depending upon the circumstances it is possible the journeys to and from home by a second employee may be treated as business journeys if the operating cost method is used and

  • the relevant documentation is kept. You should note that this will not affect the application of the regulation as the home garaging resulted in more than 1 employee receiving a car benefit.


Developments
Developments

  • Ordinary Times Earnings (OTE) – allowance in lieu of car Usage

  • The payment made to the employee in lieu of the use of the motor vehicle is a payment in respect of their employment not in respect of ordinary hours of work, therefore the payment is not considered to be OTE for the purposes of subsection 6(1) of the SGAA