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The Commonwealth Government introduced consolidation to reduce compliance costs for business, remove impediments to the most efficient business structures and improve the integrity of the tax system. Consolidation allows wholly-owned corporate groups to operate as a single entity for income tax purposes from 1 July 2002.
Consolidation pathway
There is a pathway of key steps in choosing, forming and operating as a consolidated group.
Consolidation reference manual
Sections of the reference manual were last updated on 15 July 2011. The reference manual will no longer be updated.
Consolidation valuation shortcuts
Businesses can use valuation shortcuts to determine the market value of certain assets for consolidation purposes.
Consolidation: income tax returns and consolidation
Information for head companies and subsidiary members on lodging income tax returns.
Costs and benefits
The consolidation process does have costs, but there can be continued cost benefits for post-consolidation.
There are certain qualities that must exist in a business structure for it to be eligible for consolidation.
Notification forms and instructions
Instructions to help taxpayers complete the relevant paper form or online or practitioner lodgment service (PLS) screen when notifying the ATO of consolidation.
PAYG instalments for consolidated groups
The head company of a consolidated group pays PAYG instalments for the group and its members as one entity.
Taxing wholly-owned corporate groups as single entities
If your business is a company that owns 100% of another company, trust or partnership, consolidation is an option.