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Acumen Federal Budget Special Edition 2018

This special edition of Acumen discusses the key taxation reforms announced on the evening of 8 May 2018 by Treasurer Scott Morrison in the 2018 Australian Federal Budget.

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RCF IV – game changer for the taxation of private equity investment in Australia?

A recent decision has excited debate about the application of Australia’s income tax law to limited partnerships, particularly private equity and venture capital funds.

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Proposed new withholding obligation for GST on residential property

Legislation has been introduced into Parliament to implement the GST withholding regime for property transactions announced in the 2017/2018 Budget. If passed, vendors and purchasers will need to...

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Bill proposes new withholding obligation for GST on residential property transactions

Purchasers of new residential premises or a new subdivision of potential residential land may be required to withhold and remit a portion of the contract price as part of the settlement process.

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Review of the regulatory and tax landscape for foreign investors in December 2017

Updated article: originally published as 'review of the regulatory and tax landscape for foreign investors.'

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New incentives for mineral exploration: Treasury Laws Amendment (Junior Minerals Exploration Incenti

It is anticipated that a number of changes to the EDI scheme will encourage Mineral Explorers to engage in new capital raisings for the purpose of undertaking mineral exploration.

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Acumen Federal Budget Special Edition 2017

This special edition of Acumen discusses the key taxation reforms for business announced on the evening of 9 May 2017 by Treasurer Scott Morrison in the 2017 Australian Federal Budget.

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Acumen March 2017

Legal issues from March 2017.

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Review of the current regulatory and tax landscape for foreign investors

A raft of reforms to Australia’s foreign investment framework over the last 12 months includes legislation intended to bolster the integrity of the foreign investment framework.

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Acumen September 2016

Legal issues from September 2016.

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Acumen July 2016

Legal issues from July 2016.

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The Commissioner of Taxation’s duty of administration of the tax laws under the microscope

Do taxpayers have adequate opportunity to make legal professional privilege claims over documents that have come into the ATO’s possession?

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Meaning of land for Queensland stamp duty purposes - Sojitz Coal Resources Pty Ltd v Commissioner of

On 30 January 2015, the Supreme Court of Queensland (per McMurdo J) upheld an appeal by Sojitz Coal Resources Pty Ltd (Sojitz) against a decision of the Commissioner to impose land rich duty on its...

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Private Equity Tax Determinations

On 26 October 2011, the Commissioner of Taxation issued Taxation Determinations TD 2011/24 and TD 2011/25, dealing with the source of income and availability of tax treaty benefits, respectively...

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Mineral and Petroleum Resource Rent Taxes Update

The Government appointed a Policy Transition Group (PTG) to develop the detailed technical design of the new taxes. The PTG provided its report to Government in December 2010, making...

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Mineral resource rent tax

On 10 June 2011, Treasury released for public comment preliminary exposure draft (ED) legislation and accompanying explanatory memorandum (EM) for the mineral resource rent tax...

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The proposed Minerals Resource Rent Tax

On 2 July 2010 the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, and the Minister for Resources and Energy issued a Joint Media Release (JMR). The JMR announced a 'breakthrough agreement' and

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Resource Super Profits Tax

The mining industry...s reaction to the Australian Government...s proposal to enact a Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT), a rent based tax, as recommended by Australia...s Future Tax System (Henry...

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Dividends and Section 254T - draft bill released

On 10 April 2014, the Government released the draft Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2014. This article discusses the proposed changes to section 254T and...

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Full Federal Court decision in RCF

On 3 April 2014, the Full Federal Court handed down its decision in Commissioner of Taxation v Resource Capital Fund III (RCF), L.P. [2014] FCAFC 37, allowing the Commissioner's appeal against the...

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Some international tax developments

This article discusses topics including ATO amnesty for offshore income, tax disclosure and transparency, transfer pricing documentation - ATO guidance, and OECD discussion draft on preventing...

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Resource Capital Fund case

In Resource Capital Fund III, L.P. v Commissioner of Taxation [2013] FCA 363, the Federal Court held that a Cayman Islands limited partnership...in which 97% of the partnership interests were held...

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Australia's new transfer pricing regime

On 13 February 2013, the Federal Government introduced Tax Laws Amendment (Countering a Tax Avoidance and Multinational Profit Shifting) Bill 2013 (Bill) into Parliament. The Bill, if enacted, will...

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Changes to Part IVA of the Income Tax Assessment Act

The Tax Laws Amendment (Countering Tax Avoidance and Multinational Profit Sharing) Bill 2012 (Cth) (Bill) was introduced into the House of Representatives on...

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