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Taxation Administration Act 1953

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Act No. 1 of 1953 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Treasury Laws Amendment (Black Economy Taskforce Measures No. 2) Act 2018
An Act to provide for the administration of certain Acts relating to Taxation, and for purposes connected therewith
Administered by: Treasury
General Comments: This compilation is affected by retrospective amendments. Please see the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) Act 2019 (Act No. 8, 2019) for details.

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Registered 21 Jan 2019
Start Date 01 Jan 2019
End Date 28 Feb 2019

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Taxation Administration Act 1953

No. 1, 1953

Compilation No. 159

Compilation date:                              1 January 2019

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 141, 2018

Registered:                                         21 January 2019

This compilation is in 3 volumes

Volume 1:       sections 1–18

                        Schedule 1 (sections 6‑1 to 97‑35)

Volume 2:       Schedule 1 (sections 105‑1 to 990‑5)

Volume 3:       Endnotes

Each volume has its own contents

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 January 2019 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

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Modifications

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Self‑repealing provisions

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Contents

Part I—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

2............................ Interpretation....................................................................... 1

2A......................... Application of the Criminal Code....................................... 3

2B.......................... Act binds the Crown........................................................... 3

3............................ Application......................................................................... 4

3AA...................... Schedule 1.......................................................................... 4

Part IA—Administration                                                                                                   5

3A......................... General administration of Act............................................. 5

3B.......................... Annual report...................................................................... 5

3C.......................... Reporting of information about corporate tax entity with reported total income of $100 million or more............................................................................................ 6

3CA....................... Reporting of information by significant global entities....... 8

3E.......................... Reporting of information about entity with PRRT payable. 9

3F.......................... Reporting of information about junior minerals exploration incentive offset            11

Part II—Commissioner of Taxation, Second Commissioner of Taxation and Deputy Commissioner of Taxation                                                                                                                  12

4............................ Commissioner and Second Commissioners of Taxation... 12

4A......................... Statutory Agency etc. for purposes of Public Service Act 12

5............................ Tenure of Commissioner and Second Commissioners..... 12

5A......................... Remuneration and allowances of Commissioner and Second Commissioners         12

6............................ Leave of absence............................................................... 13

6A......................... Resignation....................................................................... 13

6B.......................... Acting appointments......................................................... 13

6C.......................... Suspension and removal from office of Commissioner or Second Commissioner  14

6D......................... Powers of Second Commissioner..................................... 16

7............................ Deputy Commissioners of Taxation................................. 16

8............................ Delegation......................................................................... 17

Part IIA—The general interest charge                                                                   18

8AAA................... Overview.......................................................................... 18

8AAB.................... When the general interest charge applies........................... 18

8AAC.................... Amount of the general interest charge............................... 23

8AAD................... What is the general interest charge rate?......................... 24

8AAE.................... When the charge is due and payable................................. 25

8AAF.................... Notification by Commissioner.......................................... 25

8AAG................... Remission of the charge.................................................... 25

8AAGA................ Rounding of the charge..................................................... 26

8AAH................... Judgment for payment of an unpaid amount..................... 26

Part IIB—Running balance accounts, application of payments and credits, and related matters          28

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                            28

8AAZA................. Definitions........................................................................ 28

8AAZB................. Trustee to be treated as separate entity for each capacity... 30

Division 2—Running Balance Accounts (or RBAs)                                    31

8AAZC................. Establishment of RBAs.................................................... 31

8AAZD................. Allocation of tax debts to RBAs....................................... 31

8AAZF.................. General interest charge on RBA deficit debt..................... 32

8AAZG................. RBA statements................................................................ 32

8AAZH................. Liability for RBA deficit debt........................................... 32

8AAZI................... RBA statement to be evidence.......................................... 33

8AAZJ.................. Evidentiary certificate about RBA transactions etc............ 33

Division 3—Treatment of payments, credits and RBA surpluses       35

8AAZL.................. Amounts covered by this Division................................... 35

8AAZLA............... Method 1—allocating the amount first to an RBA............ 36

8AAZLB............... Method 2—applying the amount first against a non‑RBA tax debt          36

8AAZLC............... RBA surplus and related credits must remain equivalent if one or the other is applied            37

8AAZLD............... Special priority credits...................................................... 37

8AAZLE............... Instructions to Commissioner not binding........................ 38

Division 3A—Refunds of RBA surpluses and credits                                39

8AAZLF............... Commissioner must refund RBA surpluses and credits... 39

8AAZLG............... Retaining refunds until information or notification given.. 40

8AAZLGA............ Retaining refunds while Commissioner verifies information 40

8AAZLGB............ Retaining refunds until notification under Division 389 or ascertainment of liability               43

8AAZLH............... How refunds are made...................................................... 45

Division 4—Miscellaneous provisions about tax debts                             46

8AAZM................ When payments are treated as received............................. 46

8AAZMA............. Electronic payment of tax debts........................................ 46

8AAZMB.............. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays........................... 46

8AAZN................. Overpayments made by the Commissioner under taxation laws              47

Part III—Prosecutions and offences                                                                        48

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                            48

8A......................... Interpretation..................................................................... 48

8AC....................... Application of Part to the Tax Agent Services Act 2009.... 49

Division 2—Offences                                                                                                   50

Subdivision A—Failure to comply with taxation requirements                   50

8B.......................... Interpretation..................................................................... 50

8C.......................... Failure to comply with requirements under taxation law... 51

8D......................... Failure to answer questions when attending before the Commissioner etc.              52

8E.......................... Penalties for failure to comply with requirements under taxation law      52

8F.......................... Election to treat offence otherwise than as prescribed taxation offence    53

8G......................... Order to comply with requirement.................................... 53

8H......................... Penalty for failure to comply with order to comply........... 54

8HA...................... Court may order payment of amount in addition to penalty 55

Subdivision B—Offences relating to statements, records and certain other Acts          55

8J........................... Interpretation..................................................................... 55

8K.......................... False or misleading statements.......................................... 62

8L.......................... Incorrectly keeping records etc......................................... 63

8M......................... Penalties for offences against subsections 8K(1) and (1B) and 8L(1) and (1A)      64

8N......................... Recklessly making false or misleading statements............ 65

8Q......................... Recklessly incorrectly keeping records etc........................ 66

8R.......................... Penalties for offences against sections 8N and 8Q........... 66

8S.......................... Election to treat offence otherwise than as prescribed taxation offence    67

8T.......................... Incorrectly keeping records with intention of deceiving or misleading etc.              67

8U......................... Falsifying or concealing identity with intention of deceiving or misleading etc.       68

8V......................... Penalties for offences against sections 8T and 8U............ 69

8W......................... Court may order payment of amount in addition to penalty 69

Subdivision BAA—Offences relating to electronic sales suppression tools 73

8WAA................... Object of this Subdivision................................................ 73

8WAB................... Interpretation..................................................................... 73

8WAC................... Producing or supplying electronic sales suppression tools 74

8WAD................... Possessing electronic sales suppression tools................... 75

8WAE................... Incorrectly keeping records using electronic sales suppression tools       75

Subdivision BA—Offences relating to tax file numbers                                76

8WA...................... Unauthorised requirement etc. that tax file number be quoted  76

8WB...................... Unauthorised recording etc. of tax file number................. 77

8WC...................... Conducting affairs so as to avoid tax file number requirements               78

Subdivision C—Miscellaneous                                                                              79

8XA...................... Unauthorised access to taxation records........................... 79

8Y......................... Liability of officers etc. of corporations............................ 80

8Z.......................... Evidentiary certificate relating to previous convictions..... 81

Division 3—Prosecution of taxation offences                                                83

8ZA....................... Prosecution of taxation offences....................................... 83

8ZB....................... Prosecution may be commenced at any time..................... 84

8ZC....................... Place where offence committed......................................... 84

8ZD....................... Conduct by employees or agents of corporations............. 85

8ZE........................ Civil penalty not payable if prosecution instituted............. 85

8ZF........................ Penalties for corporations................................................. 86

8ZG....................... Enforcement of orders for payment.................................. 86

8ZH....................... Penalties not to relieve from tax........................................ 87

Division 4—Prescribed taxation offences                                                        88

8ZJ........................ Prosecution of prescribed taxation offences...................... 88

8ZK....................... Protection of witnesses..................................................... 89

8ZL........................ Averment.......................................................................... 90

8ZM...................... Evidence of authority to institute proceedings................... 90

8ZN....................... Costs................................................................................. 91

Division 5—Service of summons for prescribed taxation offences    92

9............................ Interpretation..................................................................... 92

10.......................... Service of summons by post............................................. 92

11.......................... Notice of conviction in absentia....................................... 93

12.......................... Notice of intention to issue warrant in default of payment 93

13.......................... Limitation of action to enforce payment of fine................. 94

13A....................... Setting aside of conviction or order.................................. 94

13B........................ Proof of service of summons or notice............................. 97

13C........................ Application of other laws.................................................. 97

Division 6—Setting aside etc. of conviction or order on application of Commissioner                98

13CA..................... Setting aside etc. of conviction or order on application of Commissioner                98

Part IIIA—Co‑operation between Commonwealth and State taxation authorities          100

Division 1—Interpretation                                                                                     100

13D....................... Interpretation................................................................... 100

Division 2—Trans‑border investigations                                                       102

13E........................ State taxation officers may refer matters to Commissioner for investigation            102

13F........................ Access to documents etc................................................. 102

13G....................... Commissioner may obtain information and evidence...... 103

Division 4—Certification by State taxation officer of copies of, and extracts from, documents             105

13K........................ Certification by State taxation officer of copies of, and extracts from, documents   105

Division 5—Australian Taxation Office may perform functions under State/Territory debits tax laws                                                                                                                    107

13L........................ Australian Taxation Office may perform functions under State/Territory debits tax laws        107

Part IVA—Departure from Australia of certain tax debtors                 109

Division 1—Interpretation                                                                                     109

14Q....................... Interpretation................................................................... 109

Division 2—Prohibition and authorisation of departure of certain tax debtors               110

14R........................ Departure from Australia of certain tax debtors prohibited 110

14S........................ Departure prohibition orders........................................... 110

14T........................ Revocation and variation of departure prohibition orders 111

14U....................... Departure authorisation certificates................................. 113

Division 3—Appeals from, and review of, decisions of the Commissioner          115

14V....................... Appeals to courts against making of departure prohibition orders           115

14W....................... Jurisdiction of courts...................................................... 115

14X....................... Orders of court on appeal............................................... 115

14Y....................... Applications for review of certain decisions................... 116

Division 4—Enforcement                                                                                        117

14Z........................ Powers of authorised officers......................................... 117

14ZA..................... Certain tax debtors to produce authority to depart etc..... 118

Part IVC—Taxation objections, reviews and appeals                                 119

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        119

14ZL...................... Part applies to taxation objections................................... 119

14ZM.................... Division 2—Interpretive................................................. 119

14ZN..................... Division 3—Taxation objections.................................... 119

14ZO..................... Division 4—Tribunal review.......................................... 119

14ZP...................... Division 5—Federal Court appeals................................. 119

Division 2—Interpretive provisions                                                                  120

14ZQ..................... General interpretation provisions.................................... 120

14ZR..................... Taxation decisions covered by single notice to be treated as single decision            121

14ZS...................... Ineligible income tax remission decisions....................... 122

Division 3—Taxation objections                                                                         123

14ZU..................... How taxation objections are to be made.......................... 123

14ZV..................... Limited objection rights in the case of certain amended taxation decisions               123

14ZVA.................. Limited objection rights because of other objections....... 123

14ZVB.................. Objections relating to excess concessional contributions 124

14ZVC.................. Objections relating to non‑concessional contributions.... 125

14ZW.................... When taxation objections are to be made........................ 126

14ZX..................... Commissioner to consider applications for extension of time  132

14ZY..................... Commissioner to decide taxation objections................... 132

14ZYA.................. Person may require Commissioner to make an objection decision           133

14ZYB.................. Requiring Commissioner to make a private ruling.......... 134

14ZZ...................... Person may seek review of, or appeal against, Commissioner’s decision                134

Division 4—AAT review of objection decisions and extension of time refusal decisions             136

14ZZA................... Modified AAT Act to apply........................................... 136

14ZZB................... Sections 27, 28, 41 and 44A of the AAT Act not to apply to certain decisions       136

14ZZC................... Modification of section 29 of the AAT Act.................... 136

14ZZD................... Modification of section 30 of the AAT Act.................... 137

14ZZE................... Hearings before Tribunal to be held in private if applicant so requests    137

14ZZF................... Modification of section 37 of the AAT Act.................... 137

14ZZG................... Modification of section 38 of the AAT Act.................... 138

14ZZJ.................... Modification of section 43 of the AAT Act.................... 139

14ZZK................... Grounds of objection and burden of proof..................... 139

14ZZL................... Implementation of Tribunal decisions............................. 140

14ZZM.................. Pending review not to affect implementation of taxation decisions          140

Division 5—Court appeals against objection decisions                          141

14ZZN................... Time limit for appeals..................................................... 141

14ZZO................... Grounds of objection and burden of proof..................... 141

14ZZP................... Order of court on objection decision............................... 141

14ZZQ................... Implementation of court order in respect of objection decision                141

14ZZR................... Pending appeal not to affect implementation of taxation decisions           142

14ZZS................... Transfer of certain proceedings to Family Court............. 142

Part V—Miscellaneous                                                                                                    145

15.......................... Appearance by Commissioner etc................................... 145

15A....................... Certification by Commissioner of copies of, and extracts from, documents             146

15B........................ Recoverable advances..................................................... 148

15C........................ Recoverable payments.................................................... 149

15D....................... Reports about recoverable advances and recoverable payments               151

16.......................... Payments out of Consolidated Revenue Fund................ 153

16A....................... Regulations may provide for methods of payment of tax liabilities etc.    154

16B........................ Certain liabilities to be reduced to nearest multiple of 5 cents.. 155

17.......................... Powers of taxation officers in relation to references to currency etc.        155

17A....................... Powers of Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court in respect of taxation matters   156

18.......................... Regulations..................................................................... 157

Schedule 1—Collection and recovery of income tax and other liabilities               158

Chapter 2—Collection, recovery and administration of income tax  158

Part 2‑1—Introduction to the Pay as you go (PAYG) system            158

Division 6Guide to Parts 2‑5 and 2‑10                                                          158

6‑1......................... What Parts 2‑5 and 2‑10 are about.................................. 158

6‑5......................... The Pay as you go (PAYG) system............................... 158

6‑10....................... How the amounts collected are dealt with....................... 159

Part 2‑5—Pay as you go (PAYG) withholding                                           160

Division 10Guide to Part 2‑5                                                                           160

10‑1....................... What this Part is about.................................................... 160

10‑5....................... Summary of withholding payments................................ 160

Division 11—Preliminary matters                                                                    163

11‑1....................... Object of this Part........................................................... 163

11‑5....................... Constructive payment..................................................... 163

Division 12—Payments from which amounts must be withheld                 165

Subdivision 12‑A—General rules                                                                       165

12‑1....................... General exceptions.......................................................... 165

12‑5....................... What to do if more than one provision requires a withholding 167

12‑7....................... Division does not apply to alienated personal services payments             168

12‑10..................... Division does not apply to non‑cash benefits................. 169

12‑20..................... Application of Division and regulations to non‑share dividends              169

Subdivision 12‑B—Payments for work and services                                    169

12‑35..................... Payment to employee...................................................... 170

12‑40..................... Payment to company director.......................................... 170

12‑45..................... Payment to office holder................................................. 170

12‑47..................... Payment to religious practitioners................................... 171

12‑50..................... Return to work payment................................................. 171

12‑55..................... Voluntary agreement to withhold.................................... 171

12‑60..................... Payment under labour hire arrangement, or specified by regulations       172

Subdivision 12‑C—Payments for retirement or because of termination of employment            173

12‑80..................... Superannuation income streams and annuities................ 173

12‑85..................... Superannuation lump sums and payments for termination of employment              173

12‑90..................... Unused leave payments.................................................. 174

Subdivision 12‑D—Benefit and compensation payments                             174

12‑110................... Social Security or other benefit payment......................... 174

12‑115................... Commonwealth education or training payment............... 175

12‑120................... Compensation, sickness or accident payment................. 175

Subdivision 12‑E—Payments where TFN or ABN not quoted                    175

Payment in respect of investment                                                                       176

12‑140................... Recipient does not quote tax file number........................ 176

12‑145................... Investor becoming presently entitled to income of a unit trust  177

12‑150................... Limited application of section 12‑140 to payment under financial arrangement       177

12‑155................... When investor may quote ABN as alternative................ 178

12‑160................... Investment body unaware that exemption from quoting TFN has stopped applying                179

12‑165................... Exception for fully franked dividend.............................. 179

12‑170................... Exception for payments below thresholds set by regulations 179

Payment of income of closely held trust where TFN not quoted                180

12‑175................... Trustee distributes income of closely held trust.............. 180

12‑180................... Beneficiary becomes presently entitled to income of closely held trust    182

12‑185................... Exception for payments below thresholds set by regulations 183

Payment for a supply                                                                                            183

12‑190................... Recipient does not quote ABN....................................... 183

Subdivision 12‑F—Dividend, interest and royalty payments                      186

Dividends           187

12‑210................... Dividend payment to overseas person............................ 187

12‑215................... Dividend payment received for foreign resident............. 188

12‑220................... Application to part of a dividend..................................... 188

12‑225................... Application to distribution by a liquidator or other person 188

Interest               189

12‑245................... Interest payment to overseas person............................... 189

12‑250................... Interest payment received for foreign resident................ 189

12‑255................... Interest payment derived by lender in carrying on business through overseas permanent establishment 190

12‑260................... Lender to notify borrower if interest derived through overseas permanent establishment        190

Royalties            191

12‑280................... Royalty payment to overseas person............................... 191

12‑285................... Royalty payment received for foreign resident................ 191

General              192

12‑300................... Limits on amount withheld under this Subdivision......... 192

Subdivision 12‑FA—Departing Australia superannuation payments       192

12‑305................... Departing Australia superannuation payment................. 193

12‑310................... Limits on amount withheld under this Subdivision......... 193

Subdivision 12‑FAA—Excess untaxed roll‑over amount                             193

12‑312................... Untaxed roll‑over superannuation benefits..................... 193

12‑313................... Limits on amount withheld under this Subdivision......... 193

Subdivision 12‑FB—Payments to foreign residents etc.                               194

12‑315................... Payment to foreign resident etc....................................... 194

12‑317................... Payment received for foreign resident etc....................... 195

12‑319................... Exemptions from withholding obligations under this Subdivision           197

Subdivision 12‑FC—Seasonal Labour Mobility Program                          198

12‑319A................ Payment to employee...................................................... 198

Subdivision 12‑G—Payments in respect of mining on Aboriginal land, and natural resources                198

Mining on Aboriginal land                                                                                  199

12‑320................... Mining payment.............................................................. 199

Natural resources                                                                                                   199

12‑325................... Natural resource payment............................................... 199

12‑330................... Payer must ask Commissioner how much to withhold... 200

12‑335................... Commissioner may exempt from section 12‑330, subject to conditions   200

Subdivision 12‑H—Distributions of withholding MIT income                   201

Guide to Subdivision 12‑H                                                                                   201

12‑375................... What this Subdivision is about....................................... 201

Operative provisions                                                                                             202

12‑383................... Meaning of withholding MIT.......................................... 202

12‑385................... Withholding by withholding MITs................................. 203

12‑390................... Withholding by custodians and other entities.................. 205

12‑395................... Requirement to give notice or make information available 209

12‑405................... Meaning of fund payment—general case........................ 211

12‑410................... Entity to whom payment is made.................................... 213

12‑415................... Failure to give notice or make information available: administrative penalty            213

12‑420................... Agency rules................................................................... 214

12‑425................... Meaning of clean building managed investment trust.... 214

12‑430................... Meaning of clean building.............................................. 215

Subdivision 12‑J—FHSS released amounts                                                     216

12‑460................... FHSS released amounts.................................................. 216

Division 12A—Distributions by AMITs (including deemed payments)    217

Guide to Division 12A                                                                                           217

12A‑1.................... What this Division is about............................................. 217

Subdivision 12A‑A—Distributions by AMITs relating to dividend, interest and royalties          218

Guide to Subdivision 12A‑A                                                                                 218

12A‑5.................... What this Subdivision is about....................................... 218

Operative provisions                                                                                             218

12A‑10.................. Deemed payments—no obligation to withhold under Subdivision 12‑F (dividend, interest and royalty payments)....................................................................... 218

12A‑15.................. Dividend, interest or royalty payments relating to AMIT—requirement to give notice or make information available.......................................................................... 219

12A‑20.................. Failure to give notice or make information available under section 12A‑15: administrative penalty         222

12A‑25.................. Meaning of AMIT DIR payment..................................... 222

12A‑30.................. Meaning of AMIT dividend payment.............................. 223

12A‑35.................. Meaning of AMIT interest payment................................ 224

12A‑40.................. Meaning of AMIT royalty payment................................. 225

Subdivision 12A‑B—Distributions by AMITs relating to Subdivision 12‑H fund payments       226

Guide to Subdivision 12A‑B                                                                                 226

12A‑100................ What this Subdivision is about....................................... 226

Operative provisions                                                                                             226

12A‑105................ Deemed payments—no obligation to withhold under Subdivision 12‑H 226

12A‑110................ Meaning of fund payment—AMITs............................... 227

Subdivision 12A‑C—Deemed payments by AMITs etc.                                230

Guide to Subdivision 12A‑C                                                                                 230

12A‑200................ What this Subdivision is about....................................... 230

Operative provisions                                                                                             231

12A‑205................ Issue of AMMA statement etc. deemed to be payment... 231

12A‑210................ Post‑AMMA actual payment and pre‑AMMA actual payment in respect of deemed payment  233

12A‑215................ AMIT payment to the Commissioner in respect of deemed payments to offshore entities etc. 234

12A‑220................ Custodian payment to the Commissioner in respect of deemed payments to offshore entities etc.           236

Division 13—Alienated personal services payments                                     239

13‑1....................... Object of this Division.................................................... 239

13‑5....................... Payment to the Commissioner in respect of alienated personal services payments   239

13‑10..................... Alienated personal services payments............................. 242

13‑15..................... Personal services payment remitters............................... 243

13‑20..................... Time for payments to Commissioner for alienated personal services payments made during 2000‑01    244

Division 14—Benefits, gains and taxable supplies for which amounts must be paid to the Commissioner             245

Subdivision 14‑A—Non‑cash benefits                                                               245

14‑1....................... Object of this Subdivision.............................................. 245

14‑5....................... Provider of non‑cash benefit must pay amount to the Commissioner if payment would be subject to withholding..................................................................... 245

14‑10..................... Dividend, interest or royalty received, for a foreign resident, in the form of a non‑cash benefit              246

14‑15..................... Payer can recover amount paid to the Commissioner...... 247

Subdivision 14‑B—Accruing gains                                                                    247

14‑50..................... Object of this Subdivision.............................................. 247

14‑55..................... Liability for TFN withholding tax................................... 248

14‑60..................... Investment body may recover TFN withholding tax from investor          249

14‑65..................... Application of rules in Division 18................................. 249

14‑75..................... Overpayment of TFN withholding tax............................ 250

14‑85..................... Other laws do not exempt from TFN withholding tax.... 250

Subdivision 14‑C—Shares and rights under employee share schemes     251

14‑155................... Liability for TFN withholding tax (ESS)........................ 251

14‑160................... Employer may give individual tax file numbers to provider 252

14‑165................... Provider may recover TFN withholding tax (ESS) from individual         252

14‑170................... Application of rules in Division 18................................. 253

14‑175................... Overpayment of TFN withholding tax (ESS)................. 253

14‑180................... Application of certain provisions of Division 83A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997  253

Subdivision 14‑D—Capital proceeds involving foreign residents and taxable Australian property        254

14‑200................... Certain acquisitions of taxable Australian property from foreign residents              254

14‑205................... Effect of look‑through earnout rights.............................. 255

14‑210................... Whether an entity is a relevant foreign resident............... 256

14‑215................... Excluded transactions..................................................... 258

14‑220................... Commissioner clearance certificates................................ 260

14‑225................... Entity declarations........................................................... 260

14‑230................... Administrative penalties for false or misleading declarations 261

14‑235................... Varying amounts to be paid to the Commissioner.......... 262

Subdivision 14‑E—GST payable on taxable supplies of certain real property              263

14‑250................... Recipients of certain taxable supplies of real property must pay amounts to Commissioner    264

14‑255................... Notification by suppliers of residential premises etc....... 266

Division 15—Working out the amount to withhold                                       269

Guide to Division 15                                                                                              269

15‑1....................... What this Division is about............................................. 269

Subdivision 15‑A—Working out how much to withhold                              269

15‑10..................... How much to withhold................................................... 270

15‑15..................... Variation of amounts required to be withheld................. 270

Subdivision 15‑B—Withholding schedules and regulations                        271

15‑25..................... Commissioner’s power to make withholding schedules. 271

15‑30..................... Matters to be considered when making withholding schedules                272

15‑35..................... Regulations about withholding....................................... 273

Subdivision 15‑C—Declarations                                                                        274

15‑50..................... Declarations.................................................................... 274

Division 16—Payer’s obligations and rights                                                   276

Guide to Division 16                                                                                              276

16‑1....................... What this Division is about............................................. 276

Subdivision 16‑A—To withhold                                                                          276

When to withhold                                                                                                    277

16‑5....................... When to withhold an amount.......................................... 277

16‑7....................... Treat entity obliged to pay under Subdivision 12A‑C as having withheld amount under Division 12     277

16‑20..................... Payer discharged from liability to recipient for amount withheld             278

Penalties for not withholding                                                                              278

16‑25..................... Failure to withhold: offence............................................ 278

16‑30..................... Failure to withhold: administrative penalty for entity other than exempt Australian government agency 279

16‑35..................... Failure to withhold: administrative penalty for exempt Australian government agency in relation to payment other than dividend, interest or royalty............................ 280

16‑40..................... Failure to withhold: administrative penalty for exempt Australian government agency in relation to dividend, interest or royalty payment.............................................. 281

16‑43..................... Failure to withhold: administrative penalty for exempt Australian government agency in relation to payment to foreign resident etc.......................................................... 281

Subdivision 16‑B—To pay withheld amounts to the Commissioner         282

When and how to pay amounts to the Commissioner                                    282

16‑70..................... Entity to pay amounts to Commissioner......................... 282

16‑75..................... When amounts must be paid to Commissioner............... 283

16‑80..................... Penalty for failure to pay within time.............................. 285

16‑85..................... How amounts are to be paid........................................... 285

Who is a large, medium or small withholder                                                  286

16‑95..................... Meaning of large withholder.......................................... 286

16‑100................... Meaning of medium withholder...................................... 287

16‑105................... Meaning of small withholder.......................................... 287

16‑110................... Commissioner may vary withholder’s status downwards 287

16‑115................... Commissioner may vary withholder’s status upwards... 288

Subdivision 16‑BA—To be registered                                                               289

Registration of withholders                                                                                 290

16‑140................... Withholders must be registered....................................... 290

16‑141................... Registration and cancellation........................................... 291

Branch registration                                                                                               291

16‑142................... Branches may be registered............................................ 291

16‑143................... Separate amounts for entities and branches..................... 292

16‑144................... Cancellation of branch registration.................................. 292

16‑145................... Effect on branches of cancelling the entity’s registration 292

Registration of employers of working holiday makers                                293

16‑146................... Employers of working holiday makers must be registered 293

16‑147................... Registering employers of working holiday makers......... 293

16‑148................... Cancelling the registration of employers of working holiday makers       295

Subdivision 16‑C—To provide information                                                   297

To the Commissioner                                                                                            297

16‑150................... Commissioner must be notified of amounts.................... 297

16‑152................... Annual reports—Withholding payments covered by section 12‑175       298

16‑153................... Annual reports—other payments.................................... 299

To recipients of withholding payments                                                             302

16‑155................... Annual payment summary.............................................. 302

16‑156................... Annual payment summary for sections 12‑175 and 12‑180 304

16‑157................... Payment summary for Subdivision 12‑H....................... 304

16‑160................... Part‑year payment summary........................................... 305

16‑165................... Payment summaries for superannuation lump sums and payments for termination of employment         306

16‑166................... Payment summary for a departing Australia superannuation payment     307

16‑167................... Payment summary for payment to recipient who does not quote ABN    307

16‑170................... Form and content of payment summary.......................... 308

16‑175................... Penalty for not providing payment summary.................. 309

16‑180................... Commissioner may exempt entity from giving payment summary           310

16‑182................... Definition of reportable employer superannuation contribution             310

Subdivision 16‑D—Additional rights and obligations of entity that makes a payment                311

16‑195................... Payer’s right to recover amounts of penalty: certain withholding taxes    311

Division 18—Recipient’s entitlements and obligations                                 313

Subdivision 18‑A—Crediting withheld amounts                                            313

Guide to Subdivision 18‑A                                                                                    313

18‑1....................... What this Subdivision is about....................................... 313

General exception                                                                                                  315

18‑5....................... No credit for refunded amount........................................ 315

Entitlement to credits: income tax liability                                                     315

18‑10..................... Application of sections 18‑15, 18‑20 and 18‑25............. 315

18‑15..................... Tax credit for recipient of withholding payments............ 316

18‑20..................... Tax credit where recipient is a partnership...................... 316

18‑25..................... Tax credit where recipient is a trust................................. 317

18‑27..................... Tax credit for alienated personal services payments........ 319

Entitlement to credits: dividend, interest or royalty, amount attributable to fund payment or Seasonal Labour Mobility Program                                                                    319

18‑30..................... Credit: dividend, interest or royalty................................. 319

18‑32..................... Credit: amount attributable to fund payment................... 320

18‑33..................... Credit: Seasonal Labour Mobility Program.................... 321

18‑35..................... Credit: penalty under section 12‑415, 16‑30, 16‑35 or 16‑40 or related general interest charge               321

18‑40..................... Credit: liability under Part 4‑25....................................... 323

Entitlement to credit: departing Australia superannuation payment       325

18‑42..................... Credit—departing Australia superannuation payment..... 325

Entitlement to credit: mining payment                                                             326

18‑45..................... Credit—mining payment................................................. 326

Entitlement to credit: Petroleum resource rent tax                                       327

18‑55..................... Credit—Natural resource payments................................ 327

Entitlement to credit: taxable supply of real property                                 327

18‑60..................... Credit—payment relating to taxable supply of real property 327

Subdivision 18‑B—Refund of certain withheld amounts                             328

18‑65..................... Refund of withheld amounts by the payer to the recipient 328

18‑70..................... Refund of withheld amounts by the Commissioner to the recipient         331

18‑80..................... Refund by Commissioner of amount withheld from payment in respect of investment           333

18‑85..................... Refund by Commissioner of amount withheld from payment in respect of taxable supply of real property........................................................................................ 334

Subdivision 18‑C—Recipient’s obligations                                                      334

18‑100................... Obligation to keep payment summary............................. 334

Subdivision 18‑D—Directors etc. of non‑complying companies                335

Object of Subdivision                                                                                            336

18‑120................... Object of Subdivision..................................................... 336

PAYG withholding non‑compliance tax                                                           336

18‑125................... Directors of non‑complying companies.......................... 336

18‑130................... Directors of non‑complying companies—tax reduced in certain circumstances       338

18‑135................... Associates of directors of non‑complying companies..... 339

18‑140................... Notices............................................................................ 343

18‑145................... When PAYG withholding non‑compliance tax must be paid.. 344

18‑150................... General interest charge payable on unpaid PAYG withholding non‑compliance tax               345

18‑155................... Validity of decisions and evidence.................................. 345

18‑160................... Rights of indemnity and contribution.............................. 346

Credits for later compliance                                                                               347

18‑165................... Credits for later compliance—scope............................... 347

18‑170................... Credits for later compliance—Commissioner must give notice in certain circumstances          347

18‑175................... Credits for later compliance—Commissioner may give notice 349

18‑180................... Effect of earlier credits.................................................... 350

Other provisions                                                                                                     351

18‑185................... When Commissioner may give notice............................. 351

18‑190................... Review of decisions........................................................ 352

Division 20—Other matters                                                                                 353

Subdivision 20‑B—Offences                                                                                353

20‑35..................... Offences......................................................................... 353

20‑40..................... Joining of charges........................................................... 354

20‑45..................... Offences that would otherwise be committed by a partnership or unincorporated company    355

Subdivision 20‑D—Review of decisions                                                            356

20‑80..................... Reviewable decisions...................................................... 356

Division 21—Entitlements relating to insolvent ADIs and general insurers 358

Guide to Division 21                                                                                              359

21‑1....................... What this Division is about............................................. 358

Subdivision 21‑A—Treatment of some payments by APRA                       358

21‑5....................... APRA treated like ADI or general insurance company.. 358

Part 2‑10—Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments                                          360

Division 45—Instalment payments                                                                    360

Guide to Division 45                                                                                              362

45‑1....................... What this Division is about............................................. 361

Subdivision 45‑A—Basic rules                                                                            362

45‑5....................... Object of this Part........................................................... 362

45‑10..................... Application of Part.......................................................... 364

45‑15..................... Liability for instalments.................................................. 364

45‑20..................... Information to be given to the Commissioner by certain payers               365

45‑25..................... Penalty for failure to notify Commissioner..................... 365

45‑30..................... Credit for instalments payable......................................... 366

Subdivision 45‑B—When instalments are due                                                367

45‑50..................... Liability to pay instalments............................................. 367

45‑60..................... Meaning of instalment quarter....................................... 368

45‑61..................... When quarterly instalments are due—payers of quarterly instalments     368

45‑65..................... Meaning of instalment month......................................... 369

45‑67..................... When monthly instalments are due—payers of monthly instalments       370

45‑70..................... When annual instalments are due.................................... 370

45‑72..................... Means of payment of instalment..................................... 371

45‑75..................... Instalments recoverable in same way as income tax........ 371

45‑80..................... General interest charge on late payment.......................... 371

45‑90..................... Commissioner may withdraw instalment rate................. 371

Subdivision 45‑C—Working out instalment amounts                                   372

45‑110................... How to work out amount of quarterly instalment on instalment income basis         372

45‑112................... Amount of instalment for quarterly payer who pays on basis of GDP‑adjusted notional tax   373

45‑114................... How to work out amount of monthly instalment............ 374

45‑115................... How to work out amount of annual instalment............... 375

45‑120................... Meaning of instalment income........................................ 376

Subdivision 45‑D—Quarterly payers                                                                380

45‑125................... Quarterly payer who pays instalments on the basis of instalment income                380

45‑130................... Quarterly payer who pays on the basis of GDP‑adjusted notional tax     382

45‑132................... Quarterly payer who pays 4 instalments annually on the basis of GDP‑adjusted notional tax 384

45‑134................... Quarterly payer who pays 2 instalments annually on the basis of GDP‑adjusted notional tax 385

Subdivision 45‑DA—Monthly payers                                                                386

45‑136................... Monthly payer................................................................ 386

45‑138................... Monthly payer requirement............................................. 387

Subdivision 45‑E—Annual payers                                                                     389

When you start and stop being an annual payer                                            389

45‑140................... Choosing to pay annual instalments................................ 389

45‑145................... Meaning of instalment group......................................... 391

45‑150................... Entity stops being annual payer if involved with GST registration or instalment group           391

45‑155................... Entity stops being annual payer if notional tax is $8,000 or more, or entity chooses to pay quarterly      392

45‑160................... Head company of a consolidated group stops being annual payer           393

Subdivision 45‑F—Varying the instalment rate for quarterly or monthly payers who pay on the basis of instalment income                                                                                         394

45‑200................... Application..................................................................... 394

45‑205................... Choosing a varied instalment rate................................... 394

45‑210................... Notifying Commissioner of varied instalment rate.......... 395

45‑215................... Credit on using varied rate in certain cases..................... 395

Subdivision 45‑G—General interest charge payable in certain cases if instalments are too low              397

45‑225................... Effect of Subdivision in relation to monthly payers........ 397

45‑230................... Liability to GIC on shortfall in quarterly instalment worked out on the basis of varied rate     397

45‑232................... Liability to GIC on shortfall in quarterly instalment worked out on the basis of estimated benchmark tax........................................................................................ 399

45‑233................... Reduction in GIC liability under section 45‑232 if shortfall is made up in later instalment      408

45‑235................... Liability to GIC on shortfall in annual instalment........... 409

45‑240................... Commissioner may remit general interest charge............ 411

Subdivision 45‑H—Partnership income                                                           411

45‑260................... Instalment income for a period in which you are in a partnership            411

Subdivision 45‑I—Trust income included in instalment income of beneficiary            412

45‑280................... Instalment income for a period in which you are a beneficiary of a trust  412

45‑285................... Instalment income includes distributions by certain resident unit trusts   415

45‑286................... Instalment income includes distributions by certain managed investment trusts       416

45‑287................... When trusts are disqualified due to concentrated ownership 417

45‑288................... Resident investment trusts for beneficiaries who are absolutely entitled  419

45‑290................... Exceptions to exclusion of trust capital gains from beneficiary’s instalment income                419

Subdivision 45‑J—How Commissioner works out your instalment rate and notional tax          420

45‑320................... Working out instalment rate............................................ 420

45‑325................... Working out your notional tax........................................ 421

45‑330................... Working out your adjusted taxable income.................... 422

45‑335................... Working out your adjusted withholding income............. 425

45‑340................... Adjusted tax on adjusted taxable income or on adjusted withholding income           425

Subdivision 45‑K—How Commissioner works out your benchmark instalment rate and benchmark tax             428

45‑355................... When Commissioner works out benchmark instalment rate and benchmark tax      428

45‑360................... How Commissioner works out benchmark instalment rate 428

45‑365................... Working out your benchmark tax................................... 429

45‑370................... Working out your adjusted assessed taxable income for the variation year             430

45‑375................... Adjusted assessed tax on adjusted assessed taxable income 431

Subdivision 45‑L—How Commissioner works out amount of quarterly instalment on basis of GDP‑adjusted notional tax                                                                                                 433

45‑400................... Working out amount of instalment—payers of 4 quarterly instalments    433

45‑402................... Working out amount of instalment—payers of 2 quarterly instalments    435

45‑405................... Working out your GDP‑adjusted notional tax................ 437

Subdivision 45‑M—How amount of quarterly instalment is worked out on basis of your estimate of your benchmark tax                                                                                                 438

45‑410................... Working out amount of instalment—payers of 4 quarterly instalments    439

45‑412................... Working out amount of instalment—payers of 2 quarterly instalments    440

45‑415................... Estimating your benchmark tax....................................... 442

45‑420................... Credit in certain cases where amount of instalment is nil 443

Subdivision 45‑N—How this Part applies to the trustee of a trust             444

Trustees to whom this Part applies                                                                    444

45‑450................... Trustees to whom a single instalment rate is given......... 444

45‑455................... Trustees to whom several instalment rates are given....... 445

45‑460................... Rest of Subdivision applies only to multi‑rate trustees... 446

45‑465................... Meaning of instalment income........................................ 446

45‑468................... Multi‑rate trustee may pay quarterly instalments............. 447

How Commissioner works out instalment rate and notional tax for a multi‑rate trustee            447

45‑470................... Working out instalment rate............................................ 447

45‑473................... Commissioner must notify you of notional tax............... 448

45‑475................... Working out your notional tax........................................ 448

45‑480................... Working out your adjusted taxable income.................... 449

45‑483................... Meaning of reduced beneficiary’s share and reduced no beneficiary’s share         449

45‑485................... Working out your adjusted withholding income............. 450

How Commissioner works out benchmark instalment rate and benchmark tax for a multi‑rate trustee                451

45‑525................... When Commissioner works out benchmark instalment rate and benchmark tax      451

45‑530................... How Commissioner works out benchmark instalment rate 451

45‑535................... Working out your benchmark tax................................... 452

Subdivision 45‑P—Anti‑avoidance rules                                                          452

45‑595................... Object of this Subdivision.............................................. 453

45‑597................... Effect of Subdivision in relation to instalment months.... 453

45‑600................... General interest charge on tax benefit relating to instalments 453

45‑605................... When do you get a tax benefit from a scheme?............... 455

45‑610................... What is your tax position for an income year?................ 456

45‑615................... What is your hypothetical tax position for an income year? 458

45‑620................... Amount on which GIC is payable, and period for which it is payable     458

45‑625................... Credit if you also got a tax detriment from the scheme... 459

45‑630................... When do you get a tax detriment from a scheme?........... 460

45‑635................... No tax benefit or detriment results from choice for which income tax law expressly provides                461

45‑640................... Commissioner may remit general interest charge in special cases            463

Subdivision 45‑Q—General rules for consolidated groups                         463

Guide to Subdivision 45‑Q                                                                                   463

45‑700................... What this Subdivision is about....................................... 463

Application of Subdivision                                                                                   464

45‑703................... Effect of this Subdivision and Subdivision 45‑R in relation to monthly payers       464

45‑705................... Application of Subdivision to head company................. 465

Usual operation of this Part for consolidated group members                  469

45‑710................... Single entity rule............................................................. 469

45‑715................... When instalments are due—modification of section 45‑61 470

45‑720................... Head company cannot be an annual payer—modification of section 45‑140           470

Membership changes                                                                                             470

45‑740................... Change of head company................................................ 470

45‑755................... Entry rule (for an entity that becomes a subsidiary member of a consolidated group)              473

45‑760................... Exit rule (for an entity that ceases to be a subsidiary member of a consolidated group)           474

45‑775................... Commissioner’s power to work out different instalment rate or GDP‑adjusted notional tax   476

Subdivision 45‑R—Special rules for consolidated groups                           478

Guide to Subdivision 45‑R                                                                                    478

45‑850................... What this Subdivision is about....................................... 478

Operative provisions                                                                                             479

45‑855................... Section 701‑1 disregarded for certain purposes.............. 479

45‑860................... Member having a different instalment period.................. 479

45‑865................... Credit rule....................................................................... 480

45‑870................... Head company’s liability to GIC on shortfall in quarterly instalment       482

45‑875................... Other rules about the general interest charge................... 485

45‑880................... Continued application of Subdivision 45‑Q to the head company of an acquired group          486

45‑885................... Early application of Subdivision 45‑Q to the head company of a new group           488

Subdivision 45‑S—MEC groups                                                                         489

Guide to Subdivision 45‑S                                                                                    489

45‑900................... What this Subdivision is about....................................... 489

Preliminary      490

45‑905................... Objects of Subdivision................................................... 490

General modification rules                                                                                  491

45‑910................... Extended operation of Part to cover MEC groups.......... 491

Extended operation of Subdivision 45‑Q                                                         492

45‑913................... Sections 45‑705 and 45‑740 do not apply to members of MEC groups  492

45‑915................... Application of Subdivision 45‑Q to provisional head company               492

45‑917................... Assumption for applying section 45‑710 (single entity rule) 496

45‑920................... Change of provisional head company............................. 496

45‑922................... Life insurance company.................................................. 499

Extended operation of Subdivision 45‑R                                                          500

45‑925................... Additional modifications of sections 45‑855 and 45‑860 500

45‑930................... Modifications of sections 45‑865 and 45‑870 and a related provision     500

45‑935................... Additional modifications of section 45‑885.................... 501

Part 2‑15—Returns and assessments                                                               502

Division 70Tax receipts                                                                                    502

Guide to Division 70                                                                                              503

70‑1....................... What this Division is about............................................. 502

Subdivision 70‑A—Tax receipts                                                                         502

70‑5....................... Tax receipt to be provided to certain individual taxpayers 503

Part 2‑30—Collecting Medicare levy with income tax                           505

Division 90Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge                        505

Subdivision 90‑A—Treatment like income tax                                               505

90‑1....................... Laws apply in relation to Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge as they apply in relation to income tax........................................................................................ 505

Part 2‑35—Excess superannuation contributions                                     506

Division 95—Excess concessional contributions charge                              506

Guide to Division 95                                                                                              507

95‑1....................... What this Division is about............................................. 506

Subdivision 95‑A—Object of Division                                                              506

95‑5....................... Object of Division.......................................................... 506

Subdivision 95‑B—Excess concessional contributions charge                   507

95‑10..................... Liability to excess concessional contributions charge..... 507

95‑15..................... Amount of excess concessional contributions charge..... 508

95‑20..................... When excess concessional contributions charge is due and payable        508

95‑25..................... General interest charge.................................................... 509

Division 97—Excess contributions determinations                                       510

Subdivision 97‑A—Excess concessional contributions determinations    510

Guide to Subdivision 97‑A                                                                                    510

97‑1....................... What this Subdivision is about....................................... 510

Operative provisions                                                                                             510

97‑5....................... Determination of excess concessional contributions and charge              510

97‑10..................... Review............................................................................ 511

Subdivision 97‑B—Excess non‑concessional contributions determinations 511

Guide to Subdivision 97‑B                                                                                    511

97‑20..................... What this Subdivision is about....................................... 511

Operative provisions                                                                                             512

97‑25..................... Excess non‑concessional contributions determinations... 512

97‑30..................... Associated earnings........................................................ 512

97‑35..................... Review............................................................................ 513


An Act to provide for the administration of certain Acts relating to Taxation, and for purposes connected therewith

Part IPreliminary

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

2  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Act (except Schedule 1), unless the contrary intention appears:

approved form has the meaning given by Schedule 1.

ASIO means the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

assessable amount has the meaning given by subsection 155‑5(2) in Schedule 1.

Australia, when used in a geographical sense, has the same meaning as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Commissioner means the Commissioner of Taxation.

Deputy Commissioner means any Deputy Commissioner of Taxation.

Director‑General of Security means the Director‑General of Security holding office under the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979.

engage in conduct means:

                     (a)  do an act; or

                     (b)  omit to perform an act.

excess concessional contributions determination has the same meaning as in subsection 995‑1(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

excise law has the meaning given by the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

exempt Australian government agency has the meaning given by subsection 995‑1(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

failure to notify penalty means the penalty worked out under Division 2 of Part IIA.

fuel tax law has the meaning given by the Fuel Tax Act 2006.

general interest charge means the charge worked out under Part IIA.

Immigration Department has the meaning given by the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Immigration Secretary has the meaning given by the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

indirect tax law has the meaning given by the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

ineligible income tax remission decision has the meaning given by section 14ZS.

late reconciliation statement penalty means the penalty worked out under Division 3 of Part IIA.

migration officer means:

                     (a)  the Immigration Secretary; or

                     (b)  an employee of the Immigration Department.

objection decision has the meaning given by subsection 14ZY(2).

officer means a person appointed or engaged under the Public Service Act 1999.

private indirect tax ruling means a private ruling, to the extent that it relates to an indirect tax law (other than the fuel tax law).

private ruling has the meaning given by section 359‑5 in Schedule 1.

registered tax agent or BAS agent has the same meaning as in the Tax Agent Services Act 2009.

Second Commissioner means a Second Commissioner of Taxation.

taxation law has the meaning given by the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Note:          See also subsection (2).

tax liability means a liability to the Commonwealth arising under, or by virtue of, a taxation law.

Tribunal means the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

             (2)  Despite the definition of taxation law in subsection (1), an Excise Act (as defined in subsection 4(1) of the Excise Act 1901) is not a taxation law for the purposes of Part III of this Act.

2A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences against this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

2B  Act binds the Crown

                   This Act binds the Crown in each of its capacities. However, it does not make the Crown liable to a pecuniary penalty or to be prosecuted for an offence.

3  Application

                   This Act extends to every external Territory referred to in the definition of Australia.

3AA  Schedule 1

             (1)  Schedule 1 has effect.

Definitions in Schedule 1 do not apply to rest of Act

          (1A)  So far as a provision in Schedule 1 gives an expression a particular meaning, the provision does not also have effect for the purposes of this Act (other than Schedule 1), except as provided in this Act (other than Schedule 1).

Application of interpretation provisions of Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

             (2)  An expression has the same meaning in Schedule 1 as in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

             (3)  Division 950 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (which contains rules for interpreting that Act) applies to Schedule 1 to this Act as if the provisions in that Schedule were provisions of that Act.

Part IAAdministration

  

3A  General administration of Act

                   The Commissioner has the general administration of this Act.

Note:          An effect of this provision is that people who acquire information under this Act are subject to the confidentiality obligations and exceptions in Division 355 in Schedule 1.

3B  Annual report

             (1)  The Commissioner shall, as soon as practicable after 30 June in each year, prepare and furnish to the Minister a report on the working of this Act.

       (1AA)  A report under subsection (1) in relation to a year ending on 30 June shall:

                     (b)  set out:

                              (i)  the number of occasions (if any) during the year on which a request was made to disclose information under subsection 355‑55(1) in Schedule 1 (about disclosures to Ministers); and

                             (ii)  the number of occasions (if any) during the year on which information was disclosed under that subsection; and

                            (iii)  the Ministers to whom the information was disclosed; and

                     (c)  set out:

                              (i)  the number of occasions (if any) during the year on which a request was made to disclose information under subsection 355‑70(1) in Schedule 1 (about disclosures for law enforcement and related purposes); and

                             (ii)  the number of occasions (if any) during the year on which information was disclosed under that subsection; and

                            (iii)  the types of entities and the names of the courts and tribunals to which the information was disclosed; and

                            (iv)  if the information was disclosed under table item 1 or 6 in subsection 355‑70(1)—the general categories of offences in relation to which the information was disclosed; and

                     (d)  set out the number (if any) of *taxation officers found guilty of the offence in section 355‑25 in Schedule 1 (about disclosure of protected information); and

                     (e)  set out information on the exercise during the year of the Commissioner’s powers under Subdivision 370‑A in Schedule 1 (Commissioner’s remedial power).

          (1C)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to Part III and sections 15 and 15A insofar as that Part and those sections apply in relation to the Tax Agent Services Act 2009.

             (2)  The Minister shall cause a copy of a report furnished under subsection (1) to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the day on which the Minister receives the report.

             (3)  For the purposes of section 34C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, a report that is required by subsection (1) to be furnished as soon as practicable after 30 June in a year shall be taken to be a periodic report relating to the working of this Act during the year ending on that 30 June.

             (4)  In this section:

this Act does not include Part IVC.

3C  Reporting of information about corporate tax entity with reported total income of $100 million or more

             (1)  This section applies to a corporate tax entity for an income year if, according to information reported to the Commissioner in the entity’s income tax return for the income year:

                     (a)  the entity has total income equal to or exceeding $100 million for the income year and, at the end of the income year:

                              (i)  the entity is not an Australian resident that is a private company for the income year; or

                             (ii)  the entity is a member of a wholly‑owned group that has a foreign resident ultimate holding company; or

                            (iii)  the percentage of foreign shareholding in the entity is greater than 50%; or

                     (b)  the entity has total income equal to or exceeding $200 million for the income year and, at the end of the income year, the entity is an Australian resident that is a private company for the income year.

An expression used in this subsection that is also used in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 has the same meaning as in that Act.

             (2)  The Commissioner must, as soon as practicable after the end of the income year, make publicly available the information mentioned in subsection (3).

             (3)  The information is as follows:

                     (a)  the entity’s ABN (within the meaning of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997) and name;

                     (b)  the entity’s total income for the income year, according to information reported to the Commissioner in the entity’s income tax return (within the meaning of that Act) for the income year;

                     (c)  the entity’s taxable income or net income (if any) for the income year, according to information reported to the Commissioner in that income tax return;

                     (d)  the entity’s income tax payable (if any) for the financial year corresponding to the income year, according to information reported to the Commissioner in that income tax return.

             (4)  Subsection (5) applies if:

                     (a)  the entity gives the Commissioner a notice in writing that the return mentioned in paragraph (3)(b) contains an error; and

                     (b)  the notice contains information that corrects the error.

             (5)  The Commissioner may at any time make the information mentioned in paragraph (4)(b) publicly available, in accordance with subsection (2), in order to correct the error.

             (6)  To avoid doubt, if the Commissioner considers that information made publicly available under subsection (2) fails to reflect all of the information required to be made publicly available under that subsection, the Commissioner may at any time make publicly available other information in order to remedy the failure.

3CA  Reporting of information by significant global entities

             (1)  This section applies to a corporate tax entity for an income year if:

                     (a)  the entity is a significant global entity for the income year; and

                     (b)  at the end of the income year, the entity is:

                              (i)  an Australian resident; or

                             (ii)  a foreign resident who operates an Australian permanent establishment (within the meaning of Part IVA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936); and

                     (c)  the entity does not lodge a general purpose financial statement for the financial year most closely corresponding to the income year:

                              (i)  with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; and

                             (ii)  within the time provided under subsection 319(3) of the Corporations Act 2001 for lodgement of a report for that financial year.

             (2)  A corporate tax entity to which this section applies for an income year must, on or before the day by which the entity is required to lodge its income tax return for the income year with the Commissioner, give to the Commissioner in the approved form a general purpose financial statement for the financial year most closely corresponding to the income year.

Note:          Section 286‑75 in Schedule 1 provides an administrative penalty for breach of this subsection.

             (3)  The Commissioner must give a copy of the statement to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

             (4)  The giving of the copy to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission under subsection (3) is taken, for the purposes of the Corporations Act 2001, to be lodgement of the document with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Note:          Under section 1274 of the Corporations Act 2001, a person may inspect, and require to be given a copy or extract of, any document lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

             (5)  For the purposes of this section, a general purpose financial statement in relation to an entity:

                     (a)  must be prepared in accordance with:

                              (i)  the accounting principles; or

                             (ii)  if accounting principles do not apply in relation to the entity—commercially accepted principles relating to accounting; and

                     (b)  if the entity is a member of a group of entities that are consolidated for accounting purposes as a single group—must relate to:

                              (i)  the entity; or

                             (ii)  the entity and some or all of the other members of the group.

             (6)  An expression used in this section that is also used in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 has the same meaning as in that Act.

3E  Reporting of information about entity with PRRT payable

             (1)  This section applies to an entity if the entity has an amount of PRRT payable for a year of tax, according to information reported to the Commissioner in the entity’s PRRT return for the year of tax.

             (2)  The Commissioner must, as soon as practicable after the end of the year of tax, make publicly available the information mentioned in subsection (3).

             (3)  The information is as follows:

                     (a)  the entity’s ABN (within the meaning of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997) and name;

                     (b)  the PRRT payable by the entity in respect of the year of tax, according to information reported to the Commissioner in the entity’s PRRT return for the year of tax.

             (4)  Subsection (5) applies if:

                     (a)  the entity gives the Commissioner a notice in writing that the return mentioned in paragraph (3)(b) contains an error; and

                     (b)  the notice contains information that corrects the error.

             (5)  The Commissioner may at any time make the information mentioned in paragraph (4)(b) publicly available, in accordance with subsection (2), in order to correct the error.

             (6)  To avoid doubt, if the Commissioner considers that information made publicly available under subsection (2) fails to reflect all of the information required to be made publicly available under that subsection, the Commissioner may at any time make publicly available other information in order to remedy the failure.

             (7)  In this section:

PRRT return means a return under section 59 or 60 of the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987.

year of tax has the meaning given by the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987.

3F  Reporting of information about junior minerals exploration incentive offset

             (1)  This section applies if the Commissioner makes a determination under section 418‑101 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 allocating exploration credits to an entity for an income year.

             (2)  The Commissioner must, as soon as practicable after making the determination, make publicly available:

                     (a)  the ABN and name of the entity; and

                     (b)  the amount of the entity’s exploration credits allocation for the income year.

             (3)  An expression used in this section that is also used in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 has the same meaning as in that Act.

Part IICommissioner of Taxation, Second Commissioner of Taxation and Deputy Commissioner of Taxation

  

4  Commissioner and Second Commissioners of Taxation

                   There shall be a Commissioner of Taxation and 3 Second Commissioners of Taxation, who shall be appointed by the Governor‑General.

4A  Statutory Agency etc. for purposes of Public Service Act

             (1)  The staff necessary to assist the Commissioner are to be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999.

             (2)  For the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999:

                     (a)  the Commissioner and the APS employees assisting the Commissioner together constitute a Statutory Agency; and

                     (b)  the Commissioner is the Head of that Statutory Agency.

5  Tenure of Commissioner and Second Commissioners

             (1)  The Commissioner of Taxation and each Second Commissioner of Taxation shall be appointed for terms of 7 years respectively and shall be eligible for re‑appointment.

             (3)  The Commissioner of Taxation and the Second Commissioners of Taxation are not subject to the Public Service Act 1999.

5A  Remuneration and allowances of Commissioner and Second Commissioners

             (1)  The Commissioner of Taxation and the Second Commissioners of Taxation shall be paid such remuneration as is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal but, if no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, they shall be paid remuneration at the respective rates that were applicable immediately before the commencement of this section.

             (2)  The Commissioner of Taxation and the Second Commissioners of Taxation shall be paid such allowances as are prescribed.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

6  Leave of absence

             (1)  The Commissioner and a Second Commissioner have such recreation leave entitlements as are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may grant the Commissioner and a Second Commissioner leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on such terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise as the Minister determines.

6A  Resignation

                   The Commissioner or a Second Commissioner may resign his or her office by writing signed by the Commissioner or Second Commissioner, as the case may be, and delivered to the Governor‑General.

6B  Acting appointments

             (1)  The Minister may appoint a person to act in the office of Commissioner of Taxation:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in that office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the person holding that office is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any other reason, unable to perform the functions of that office.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The Minister may appoint a person to act in an office of Second Commissioner of Taxation:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in that office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the person holding the office of Second Commissioner of Taxation is absent from duty or from Australia, is acting in the office of Commissioner of Taxation or is, for any other reason, unable to perform the functions of the office of Second Commissioner of Taxation.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (6)  While a person is acting in the office of Commissioner of Taxation, the person has and may exercise all the powers, and shall perform all the functions, of the Commissioner under this Act or any other law.

          (6A)  For the purposes of subsection (6), the Commissioner’s powers and functions include powers and functions given to the Commissioner in his or her capacity as Registrar of the Australian Business Register.

             (7)  While a person is acting in an office of Second Commissioner of Taxation, the person has and may exercise all the powers, and shall perform all the functions, of the Second Commissioner under this Act or any other law.

6C  Suspension and removal from office of Commissioner or Second Commissioner

             (1)  The Governor‑General may remove the Commissioner or a Second Commissioner from office on an address praying for the removal of the Commissioner or the Second Commissioner, as the case may be, on the ground of proved misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity being presented to the Governor‑General by each House of the Parliament in the same session of the Parliament.

             (2)  The Governor‑General may suspend the Commissioner or a Second Commissioner from office on the ground of misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (3)  Where the Governor‑General suspends the Commissioner or a Second Commissioner, the Minister shall cause a statement of the grounds of the suspension to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 7 sitting days of that House after the suspension.

             (4)  If, at the expiration of 15 sitting days of a House of the Parliament after the day on which the statement was laid before that House, an address under subsection (1) has not been presented to the Governor‑General by each House of the Parliament, the suspension terminates.

             (5)  The suspension of the Commissioner or a Second Commissioner from office under this section does not affect any entitlement of the Commissioner or Second Commissioner, as the case may be, to be paid remuneration and allowances.

             (6)  If:

                     (a)  the Commissioner or a Second Commissioner becomes bankrupt, applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors, compounds with his or her creditors or makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for their benefit;

                     (b)  the Commissioner or a Second Commissioner engages, except with the approval of the Minister, in paid employment outside the duties of the office of Commissioner or Second Commissioner, as the case may be; or

                     (c)  the Commissioner or a Second Commissioner is absent from duty, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or 28 days in any 12 months;

the Governor‑General shall remove the Commissioner or Second Commissioner, as the case may be, from office.

             (7)  The Governor‑General may, with the consent of the Commissioner or a Second Commissioner, retire the Commissioner or Second Commissioner, as the case may be, from office on the ground of physical or mental incapacity.

             (8)  The Commissioner or a Second Commissioner shall not be suspended, removed or retired from office except as provided by this section.

6D  Powers of Second Commissioner

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2) and to the regulations, a Second Commissioner has all the powers, and may perform all the functions, of the Commissioner under a taxation law.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to:

                     (a)  section 8 of this Act; or

                     (b)  a provision of a taxation law that:

                              (i)  provides that the Commissioner has the general administration of the taxation law; or

                             (ii)  requires the Commissioner to furnish to the Minister a report on the working of the taxation law during any period.

             (3)  When a power or function of the Commissioner under a taxation law is exercised or performed by a Second Commissioner, the power or function shall, for the purposes of the taxation law, be deemed to have been exercised or performed by the Commissioner.

             (4)  The exercise of a power, or the performance of a function, of the Commissioner under a taxation law by a Second Commissioner does not prevent the exercise of the power, or the performance of the function, by the Commissioner.

7  Deputy Commissioners of Taxation

                   There shall be such Deputy Commissioners of Taxation as are required.

8  Delegation

             (1)  The Commissioner may, either generally or as otherwise provided by the instrument of delegation, by writing signed by the Commissioner, delegate to a Deputy Commissioner or any other person all or any of the Commissioner’s powers or functions under a taxation law or any other law of the Commonwealth or a Territory, other than this power of delegation.

          (1A)  For the purposes of this section, the Commissioner’s powers and functions include powers and functions given to the Commissioner in his or her capacity as Registrar of the Australian Business Register.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (5), a power or function so delegated, when exercised or performed by the delegate, shall, for the purposes of the taxation law or the other law, as the case may be, be deemed to have been exercised or performed by the Commissioner.

             (4)  A delegation under this section does not prevent the exercise of a power or the performance of a function by the Commissioner.

             (5)  A delegation under this section may be made subject to a power of review and alteration by the Commissioner, within a period specified in the instrument of delegation, of acts done in pursuance of the delegation.

             (6)  A delegation under this section continues in force notwithstanding a change in the occupancy of, or a vacancy in, the office of Commissioner, but, for the purposes of the application of subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to a delegation under this section, nothing in any law shall be taken to preclude the revocation or variation of the delegation by the same or a subsequent holder of that office.

Part IIAThe general interest charge

  

8AAA  Overview

This Part explains how to work out the general interest charge on an amount.

Usually, a person is liable to pay the charge if an amount that the person must pay to the Commissioner is not paid on time. But there are also other circumstances in which a person can be liable.

A person is only liable to pay the charge if a provision of an Act makes the person liable.

8AAB  When the general interest charge applies

             (1)  There are certain provisions of this Act and other Acts that make persons liable to pay the general interest charge. Subsection (4) lists the provisions.

             (2)  A person is only liable to pay the charge on an amount if a provision specifies that the person is liable to pay the charge on the amount.

             (3)  The charge does not apply to the Commonwealth or an authority of the Commonwealth.

             (4)  The following table is an index of the laws that deal with liability to the charge.

 

Liability to general interest charge

 

Item

Column 1

Section

Column 2

Act

Column 3

Topic

 

1

162‑100

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999

payment of GST instalments

 

2

168‑10

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999

supplies later found to be GST‑free supplies

 

3

25‑10

A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999

purchases later found to be GST free supplies

 

3A

175‑65

Australian Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission Act 2012

payment of administrative penalty

 

3B

67

Excise Act 1901

payment of excise duty for tobacco goods

 

5

93

Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986

payment of fringe benefits tax

 

6

112B

Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986

payment of fringe benefits tax instalments

 

7

102UP

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936