September 8, 2019
Meeting the personal services business tests
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) in the case of Ariss v Commissioner of Taxation  AATA 2958 has held that money generated by the Taxpayer’s activities as an IT consultant, and split between the Taxpayer and his wife via a third-party trust arrangement, was in fact personal services income (PSI) and directly assessable to the Taxpayer.
September 3, 2019
Last month the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced a landmark new policy to incentivize companies to develop robust antitrust compliance programs. For the first time, the Antitrust Division will now consider a company’s antitrust compliance program as a factor in evaluating whether or not to bring criminal charges against the company and its officers.
August 30, 2019
Foreign income tax offsets on exempt income?
The Federal Court of Australia Full Court in the case of Burton v Commissioner of Taxation  FCAFC 141 rejected the taxpayer’s appeal in relation to an earlier Federal Court decision to deny the taxpayer claiming the full foreign Income Tax Offset (FITO) available under section 770-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (ITAA 1997).
August 22, 2019
Legal professional privilege – a shield but not a sword
The High Court in the case of Glencore International AG & Ors v Federal Commissioner of Taxation  HCA 26 has unanimously rejected an application for an injunction brought by the Glencore Group (Glencore) to restrain the Federal Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) from using documents that were released as a part of the ‘Paradise Papers.’
August 21, 2019
Federal lawmakers are debating legislation to address surprise medical bills that, if passed in its current form, would significantly impact how hospitals, physicians and insurers negotiate payment for the provision of certain out-of-network services. A bipartisan coalition led by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) aims to present to the President for signature a bill to curb surprise billing practices by the end of the year.
August 14, 2019
Queensland: Payroll tax grouping win for the taxpayer
In Telgrove Pty Ltd t/as P & E Francis Plant Hire v Commissioner of State Revenue  QCAT 199, Telgrove Pty Ltd (Telgrove), as the designated group employer, had made an ‘exclusion order’ to request that Telgrove and 3 other entities be excluded from a list of six entities that were determined to be a payroll tax group by the Queensland Commissioner of State Revenue (Commissioner). The Commissioner rejected this exclusion application and issued reassessment notices to Telgrove to tax the six entities (Group Members) as a group from the 2011/12 financial year and apply penalty tax and interest for the period.
August 8, 2019
Distributions from foreign trusts assessable under section 99B
The Federal Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) has had a recent win in the case of Campbell v Commissioner of Taxation  AATA 2043. In this case, Ms Catherine Campbell (Taxpayer) had received distributions from a New Zealand-based trust estate totalling $463,200 across the 2013 and 2014 income years.
The Taxpayer failed to return these amounts as income and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) held that the Taxpayer was in receipt of distributions from a foreign trust that are assessable pursuant to section 99B(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) (1936 Act).
August 1, 2019
Tax integrity changes and other measures
The Treasury Laws Amendment (2019 Tax Integrity and Other Measures No. 1) Bill 2019 (Cth) (Bill) was introduced to the House of Representatives on 24 July 2019 and proposes to make a raft of legislative changes to improve the integrity of Australia’s tax system.
July 25, 2019
Debt deductions under the thin capitalisation rules
On 17 July 2019, the Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) released Taxation Determination (TD) 2019/12, which clarifies what types of costs are considered to be debt deductions within the scope of Australia’s thin capitalisation regime.
July 24, 2019
At the end of June a mechanism providing for temporary protection of industrial designs was introduced into the Russian legal system. In short it requires somebody who uses an industrial design during the period of its patenting to pay compensation to the future holder of the patent. Previously, this type of protection was available only for inventions – although it is still not available for utility models, which are also patentable in Russia.