Tax Insight: New limits on deducting interest

Treasury decided to spring a very big surprise on multinationals in an Exposure Draft released on 16 March 2023. The Draft was expected to address the Government’s promise to reconceptualise the thin capitalisation safe harbour from a debt: asset ratio to a percentage of EBITDA, which it does (a detailed analysis will follow). The Draft … Read more

Tax Insight: New Bill to Amend Imputation

Summary A Bill was introduced into Parliament on 16 February 2023 to give effect to two changes, both of which will restrict shareholders” access to franking credits. The measures affect special dividends occurring in conjunction with a capital raising and off-market share buy-backs undertaken by listed public companies. There has been some adjustment to the … Read more

NSW Stamp Duty Alert: Acknowledgment of Trust

By Jinny Chaimungkalanont and Mark Peters Revenue NSW has now published its long-awaited Revenue Ruling on declarations and acknowledgments of trust in light of the 19 May 2022 stamp duty reforms (see our notes on those reforms here). Although housed in the longstanding Revenue Ruling DUT031 Declaration of trust in an agreement for sale, that … Read more

Tax Insight: BEPS 2.0 Grinds On

By Toby Eggleston, Ryan Leslie, Nick Heggart and Graeme Cooper The OECD’s 2 Pillar project to redesign the architecture of the international tax system continues its slow and faltering progress. This Tax Insight summarises some of the recent developments, and their implications for Australian groups. Read more

Tax Insight: Draft Share Buy-back Rules

By Ryan Leslie, Alistair Haskett and Graeme Cooper Summary One of the few tax surprises in the October 2022 Budget was the announcement that “the tax treatment of off-market share buy-backs undertaken by listed public companies” would be aligned “with the treatment of on-market share buy-backs.” Treasury has now released an Exposure Draft of the … Read more