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Act No. 1 of 2020 as made
An Act to amend the law relating to taxation, and for related purposes
Administered by: Treasury
Originating Bill: Treasury Laws Amendment (2019-20 Bushfire Tax Assistance) Bill 2020
Registered 17 Feb 2020
Date of Assent 13 Feb 2020
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Treasury Laws Amendment (2019‑20 Bushfire Tax Assistance) Act 2020

 

No. 1, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

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

  

  


Contents

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

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

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Bushfire assistance                                                                                   3

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                              3

Schedule 2—Deductible gift recipients                                                                      6

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                              6

 


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Treasury Laws Amendment (2019-20 Bushfire Tax Assistance) Act 2020

No. 1, 2020

 

 

 

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

[Assented to 13 February 2020]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Treasury Laws Amendment (2019‑20 Bushfire Tax Assistance) Act 2020.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this Act

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

14 February 2020

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedules

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

Schedule 1Bushfire assistance

  

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

1  Section 11‑55 (table item headed “disasters”)

Before:

2019 floods—recovery grants............................................

59‑85

insert:

2019‑20 bushfires—payments for volunteer work with fire services......................................................................


59‑55

2019‑20 bushfires—disaster relief payments and non—cash benefits........................................................


59‑60

2  After section 59‑50

Insert:

59‑55  2019‑20 bushfires—payments for volunteer work with fire services

             (1)  A payment to an individual is not assessable income and is not *exempt income if:

                     (a)  the purpose of the payment is to compensate the individual for the loss of income as a result of the individual performing volunteer work with a fire service (however described) of a State or Territory; and

                     (b)  the work is performed during the 2019‑20 income year; and

                     (c)  the payment is made by a State or Territory and is covered by an agreement between the Commonwealth and that State or Territory; and

                     (d)  the payment is made on or after 1 January 2020.

             (2)  However, this section does not apply to:

                     (a)  a payment received in the individual’s capacity as an employee or contractor (including a payment of an entitlement to paid leave); or

                     (b)  a workers’ compensation payment.

59‑60  2019‑20 bushfires—disaster relief payments and non‑cash benefits

             (1)  A payment made to an entity, or a *non‑cash benefit provided to an entity, to the extent it would otherwise be assessable income of the entity, is not assessable income and is not *exempt income if:

                     (a)  the payment has been made or the benefit provided directly as a result of the bushfires commencing in Australia in the 2019‑20 financial year; and

                     (b)  the purpose of the payment or benefit is to provide the entity with relief from, or assist the entity in recovering from, the effects of the bushfires; and

                     (c)  the payment is made, or the benefit is provided, by:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  a State or Territory; or

                            (iii)  a municipal corporation; or

                            (iv)  a *local governing body.

Note:          Payments covered by this subsection would include Disaster Recovery Allowance paid under the Social Security Act 1991 and payments made under disaster recovery funding arrangements made by or on behalf of the Commonwealth.

             (2)  A payment made to an entity, or a *non‑cash benefit provided to an entity, to the extent it would otherwise be assessable income of the entity, is also not assessable income and is not *exempt income if:

                     (a)  the payment or benefit relates to the bushfires commencing in Australia in the 2019‑20 financial year; and

                     (b)  the payment or benefit is of a kind prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.

             (3)  However, this section does not apply to:

                     (a)  a payment or benefit received in an individual’s capacity as an employee or contractor (including a payment of an entitlement to paid leave); or

                     (b)  a workers’ compensation payment; or

                     (c)  a payment of compensation or damages made to an entity as a result of an order of a court or tribunal or settlement of a claim.

3  Application

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to the 2019‑20 income year and later income years.

Schedule 2Deductible gift recipients

  

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

1  In the appropriate position in subsection 30‑45(2) (table)

Insert:

 

4.2.45

Australian Volunteers Support Trust

the gift must be made after 30 June 2019

4.2.46

Community Rebuilding Trust

the gift must be made after 30 June 2019

2  Section 30‑315 (after table item 27AAAA)

Insert:

 

27AAA

Australian Volunteers Support Trust

item 4.2.45

3  Section 30‑315 (table item 27AAAB)

Renumber as 27AAB.

4  Section 30‑315 (after table item 34AA)

Insert:

 

34A

Community Rebuilding Trust

item 4.2.46

 

 

 

 

[Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 5 February 2020

Senate on 5 February 2020]

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