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23 Other assessable foreign source income

Last updated 12 February 2019

Complete a losses schedule if the trust:

  • has a foreign loss component of tax losses deducted in the 2012–13 income year or carried forward to later income years
  • has an interest in a controlled foreign company (CFC) that has current year losses greater than $100,000
  • has an interest in a CFC that has deducted or carried forward a loss to later income years greater than $100,000.

If the trust received assessable dividends directly or indirectly from a New Zealand franking company, the dividends (including any supplementary dividends) must be declared as assessable foreign income even if dividend withholding tax was deducted in New Zealand.

The individual beneficiaries of the trust may be able to claim a foreign income tax offset for any New Zealand dividend withholding tax paid on the dividend, see the Foreign income return form guide 2012-13 to work out whether the dividend is assessable income.

If the dividend from a New Zealand franking company is assessable income, then the amount of the Australian franking credit attached to the dividend is also assessable income. Subject to satisfying certain qualifying criteria, the beneficiaries or trustee may be entitled to a share of the benefit of Australian franking credit attached to the franked dividend, for more information, see appendix 1.

The dividend may include an amount of New Zealand imputation credits. Australian residents cannot claim any amounts of New Zealand imputation credits.

Gross foreign source income

Show at B the gross amount of assessable income derived from foreign sources, including amounts distributed from partnerships and other trusts as well as New Zealand franking company dividends and supplementary dividends – include any foreign tax paid on that income.

Do not include at B:

  • any income which is exempt from tax in Australia or treated as non-assessable non-exempt income under sections 23AI and 23AK of the ITAA 1936
  • any amount of New Zealand imputation credits
  • any amount of Australian franking credits attached to dividends from a New Zealand franking company – show these at D
  • income already shown at item 22 Attributed foreign income
  • any foreign source capital gains or capital losses.

Include foreign source capital gains or capital losses when calculating the amount at item 21 Capital gains.

In referring to ‘foreign source capital gains’, an Australian resident trust makes a capital gain if a CGT event happens to any of their overseas CGT assets.

Broadly, a trust that is not an Australian resident makes a capital gain only if the CGT asset is taxable Australian property just before the CGT event happens.

Even if the TOFA rules apply to the trust, show at B all income derived from foreign sources: this includes amounts from financial arrangements subject to the TOFA rules.

If what you show at B includes an amount which is brought to account under the TOFA rules, also complete item 31 Taxation of financial arrangements (TOFA). This may include assessable TOFA gains from unrealised movements in the value of financial arrangements.

Net foreign source income

Show at V the net income derived from foreign sources.

The amount at V is the gross amount shown at B, less any deductions allowable to the trust against that income. Debt deductions (such as interest and borrowing costs) that relate to assessable foreign source income and that are not attributable to an overseas permanent establishment of the taxpayer are not applied against assessable foreign source income for the purpose of calculating net foreign income or identifying a foreign loss. Do not claim these amounts here – include them at item 18 Other deductions.

If the amount at V is negative, print L in the box at the right of the amount.

If what you show at V includes an amount which is brought to account under the TOFA rules, also complete item 31 Taxation of financial arrangements (TOFA).

Foreign losses are no longer quarantined from domestic assessable income (or from assessable foreign income of a different class). As a result, in utilising deductions, no distinction is made in respect of the source of the assessable income, whether foreign or domestic. The trust combines both foreign and domestic deductions. Where the combined deductions exceed net exempt income and assessable income, the excess is a tax loss. This tax loss can be carried forward and applied in a future income year, against, firstly, net exempt income; and, secondly, the excess of assessable income over deductions (except tax losses).

These changes apply from the entity’s first income year starting on or after 1 July 2008 (the commencement year).

Prior-year overall foreign losses that existed at commencement are subject to transitional rules. Generally, overall foreign losses for a particular earlier income year were grouped together and converted to a tax loss. Utilisation of the converted tax loss is restricted for the first four years after commencement of the new rules. Subsequent to the transitional period, any remaining tax loss will be subject to the ordinary loss utilisation rules.

Do not claim these losses here – include any amount of these losses utilised this year at item 25 Tax losses deducted.

Under the trust loss provisions of Schedule 2F to the ITAA 1936, certain rules have to be satisfied by a trust before it can use prior-year unrecouped foreign losses, for more information about the trust loss provisions, see appendix 8.

Foreign income tax offsets

Show at Z the amount of any foreign income tax paid by the trust on foreign source income it derives.

If foreign income tax has actually been paid by the trust, then the beneficiaries may be able to claim a foreign income tax offset in their individual tax returns.

Example 10

The S trust estate derives rental income from commercial property investments in a foreign country, on which the trustee pays foreign income tax. Samantha, an Australian resident, is the sole beneficiary of the S trust estate and is presently entitled to all of its income. As such, she is assessed on the whole of the trust’s net income. Although Samantha hasn’t directly paid the foreign income tax, she is deemed to have paid it.

End of example

Australian franking credits from a New Zealand franking company

Show at D the amount of Australian franking credits that are included in the net income of the trust because of franked dividends received from a New Zealand franking company directly or indirectly through a partnership or other trust.

The amount shown at D is not necessarily the total amount that the trustee or beneficiaries can claim, see appendix 1.