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Tax Laws Amendment (Political Contributions and Gifts) Act 2010

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  • - C2010A00016
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Act No. 16 of 2010 as made
An Act to amend the law relating to taxation, and for related purposes
Administered by: Treasury
Originating Bill: Tax Laws Amendment (Political Contributions and Gifts) Bill 2008
Registered 25 Mar 2010
Date of Assent 15 Mar 2010
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Tax Laws Amendment (Political Contributions and Gifts) Act 2010

 

No. 16, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to amend the law relating to taxation, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Political contributions and gifts                                                        3

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                              3

 


 

 

Tax Laws Amendment (Political Contributions and Gifts) Act 2010

No. 16, 2010

 

 

 

An Act to amend the law relating to taxation, and for related purposes

[Assented to 15 March 2010]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Tax Laws Amendment (Political Contributions and Gifts) Act 2010.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Political contributions and gifts

  

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

8  Section 12‑5 (table item headed “political parties”)

Repeal the item, substitute:

political contributions and gifts

 

denial of certain deductions...................................................

26‑22

deductions for individuals......................................................

Subdivision
30‑DA

9  After section 26‑20

Insert:

26‑22  Political contributions and gifts

You cannot deduct political contributions or gifts

             (1)  You cannot deduct under this Act (other than Subdivision 30‑DA):

                     (a)  a contribution (including a membership fee) or gift to a political party that is registered under Part XI of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 or under corresponding State or Territory legislation; or

                     (b)  a contribution or gift to an individual when the individual is a candidate in an election for members of:

                              (i)  an *Australian legislature; or

                             (ii)  a *local governing body; or

                     (c)  a contribution or gift to an individual who is a member of:

                              (i)  an Australian legislature; or

                             (ii)  a local governing body.

Exception for employees and office holders

             (2)  However, subsection (1) does not apply to a loss or outgoing incurred in gaining or producing assessable income from which an amount is required to be withheld under section 12‑35 or 12‑45 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

Note:          These provisions of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 require amounts to be withheld from income of employees and office holders.

Starting and stopping being a candidate

             (3)  For the purposes of this section, an individual:

                     (a)  starts being a candidate when the individual’s intention to be or to attempt to be a candidate for the election is publicly available; and

                     (b)  stops being a candidate at the earlier of:

                              (i)  the time when the result of the election is declared or otherwise publicly announced by an entity (an electoral official) authorised under the relevant electoral legislation; and

                             (ii)  the time (if any) when the individual’s intention to no longer be a candidate for the election is publicly available.

Starting being a member

             (4)  An individual who becomes a member as a result of an election (including an election that is later declared void) is taken to start being a member when the individual’s election as a member is declared or otherwise publicly announced by an electoral official.

10  After subsection 30‑242(3)

Insert:

          (3A)  You can deduct the contribution or gift only if:

                     (a)  you are an individual; and

                     (b)  you do not make the gift or contribution in the course of *carrying on a *business.

17  At the end of section 110‑38

Add:

             (6)  Expenditure does not form part of any element of the cost base to the extent that section 26‑22 prevents it being deducted.

Note:          Section 26‑22 denies deductions for political contributions and gifts.

18  After subsection 110‑55(9E)

Insert:

           (9F)  Expenditure does not form part of the reduced cost base to the extent that section 26‑22 prevents it being deducted.

Note:          Section 26‑22 denies deductions for political contributions and gifts.

21  Application

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to contributions or gifts made on or after 1 July 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

[Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 27 August 2008

Senate on 14 October 2008]

(153/08)