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If you satisfy the basic conditions, the capital gain that remains after applying any current year capital losses and any unapplied prior year net capital losses, and the CGT discount (if applicable), is reduced by 50%.
This means that if you are an individual or a trust and you have applied the CGT discount and the small business 50% active asset reduction, the capital gain (after being reduced by any capital losses applied against it) is effectively reduced by 75% (that is, 50% then 50% of the remainder).
Lana operates a small manufacturing business and disposes of a CGT asset that she has owned for three years and has used as an active asset of the business. She makes a capital gain of $17,000 from the CGT event, and qualifies for the CGT discount and for the small business 50% active asset reduction. Lana also has a capital loss in the income year of $3,000 from the sale of another asset. She calculates her net capital gain for the year as follows:
$17,000 - $3,000
$14,000 - (50% x $14,000)
$7,000 - (50% x $7,000)
Her net capital gain for the year is $3,500 (assuming the small business retirement exemption and the small business rollover do not apply). If Lana chooses the rollover or the retirement exemption, some or all of the remaining capital gain would be disregarded.
Rules for beneficiaries of trusts
The rules for beneficiaries of trusts are contained in Subdivision 115-C of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 which was amended by Taxation Laws Amendment (Measures No.5) Act 2011 applicable to the 2010-11 and later income years.
If a trust makes a capital gain, its net capital gain for the income year is generally calculated in the same way as for other entities, by reducing any capital gains firstly by any capital losses and then by any relevant concessions.
The net capital gain is included in the net income of the trust. A beneficiary who is 'specifically entitled' to a capital gain will generally be assessed on that gain, regardless of whether the benefit they receive or are expected to receive is income or capital of the trust.
Capital gains to which no beneficiary is specifically entitled will be allocated proportionately to beneficiaries based on their present entitlement to income of the trust estate (excluding capital gains and franked distributions to which any entity is specifically entitled). This is called the adjusted Division 6 percentage.
For more information see Improving the taxation of trust income.
There are special rules that enable concessions obtained by a trust to be passed on to the beneficiaries of the trust who are entitled to a share of the trust's net capital gain.
A beneficiary must 'gross up' their share of any capital gain received from a trust by:
- multiplying that amount by two, if the trust has applied either the CGT discount or the small business 50% active asset reduction, or
- multiplying that amount by four, if the trust has applied both the CGT discount and the small business 50% active asset reduction.
The beneficiary's share of the trust capital gains (grossed up if required) is then taken into account in the method statement for calculating the beneficiary's net capital gain to be included in their assessable income:
- the trust capital gains are firstly reduced by any capital losses of the beneficiary, and
- any trust capital gain remaining is then reduced by the CGT discount (unless the beneficiary is a company see below) and the small business 50% active asset reduction, if the trust's capital gain was reduced by these two concessions to arrive at the beneficiary's net capital gain.
A corporate beneficiary of a trust must gross up (as above) their share of any net capital gains received from a trust that have been reduced (by the trust) by the CGT discount. They are not entitled to reduce this grossed-up amount by the CGT discount because companies are ineligible for the CGT discount.
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Following legislative amendments made in 2011, beneficiaries no longer need to have an amount of assessable income included under section 97, 98 or 100 of the ITAA 1936 to be treated as having an extra capital gain. Therefore the grossed-up capital gain is no longer added to the beneficiary's share of the trust's net capital gain as this is no longer included in their share of the net income of the trust. Accordingly, the beneficiary no longer needs a deduction for that part of their share of the net income of the trust that is attributable to the trust's net capital gain.
A unit trust makes a capital gain of $100,000 when it disposes of an active asset. The trust has no capital losses. If all the conditions for the CGT discount and the small business 50% active asset reduction are satisfied, the trust's net capital gain is $25,000 (no other concessions apply).
Assume there is one individual beneficiary presently entitled to the net income of the trust. The beneficiary also has a separate capital loss of $10,000.
The beneficiary works out their net capital gain as follows:
Share of trust net capital gain
Gross up this amount by multiplying by 4
Deduct capital losses
Apply 50% CGT discount
Apply 50% reduction
Net capital gain