Controversial GST Ruling BackdownIn 2018, the ATO issued a controversial draft ruling which took a very strict stance on the four-year time limit for claiming input tax credits and fuel tax credits. The ruling had been used by the ATO to deny input tax credits and fuel tax credits where the Commissioner makes a decision on an objection or amendment request outside the 4-year period.

Expansion of Tax Avoidance TaskforceThe ATO has expanded the tax avoidance taskforce to include top 500 private groups, high wealth private groups, and medium and emerging private groups. Perhaps the most interesting is the inclusion of medium and emerging private groups which cover around 97% of the total private group population.

Affection And Debt ForgivenessThe rules around Div 7A deemed dividends are complex and may have become more so with the release of a draft taxation determination from the ATO in relation to debts forgiven. Contrary to previous guidance, the draft determination now indicates only natural persons can forgive debts by reasons of natural love and affection.

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