Taxation Administration Act 1953
Note: See section 3AA .Chapter 5 - Administration
The object of this section is to remove the possibility of a conflict arising between Australia ' s national security interests and Australia ' s taxation laws. Making a declaration 850-100(2)
The Director-General of Security holding office under the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 may declare that this section applies to one or more specified entities (the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation itself may be specified) in relation to one or more specified transactions. 850-100(3)
The Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service ( ASIS ) may declare that this section applies to one or more specified entities (ASIS itself may be specified) in relation to one or more specified transactions. 850-100(3A)
The Director-General of the Australian Signals Directorate ( ASD ) may declare that this section applies to one or more specified entities (ASD itself may be specified) in relation to one or more specified transactions.
A declaration under this section may only be made if the relevant Director-General is satisfied that the making of the declaration is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of:
(a) for the Director-General of Security - the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; or
(b) for the Director-General of ASIS - ASIS; or
(c) for the Director-General of ASD - ASD.
A declaration under this section must be in writing, signed by the relevant Director-General.
A declaration may specify an entity or transaction by reference to a class of entities or transactions (see subsection 33(3AB) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 ). For example, a declaration may specify the subsidiaries of a specified company, or the parties to a specified transaction.
For variation and revocation, see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .
A declaration may be made even though:
(a) a transaction it specifies has already been entered into or carried out; or
(b) an entity it specifies has died or ceased to exist;
(whether before or after the commencement of this section).850-100(7)
A written document signed by the relevant Director-General purporting to be a declaration is prima facie evidence that this section has been complied with in making the declaration, but this subsection does not affect the performance of the functions of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. Effect of declaration 850-100(8)
For an entity specified in a declaration in relation to a specified transaction, the transaction is to be disregarded in determining any of the following:
(a) the existence or amount of a liability of the entity relating to taxation under any *Commonwealth law, even if the law requires express words to be used to exempt an entity or transaction from liability to taxation under that law;
Examples of liabilities covered by paragraph (a) are a liability to GST (despite section 177-5 of the GST Act), and amounts required to be paid by Part 2-5 in this Schedule (Pay as you go (PAYG) withholding).
(b) the existence or amount of any kind of benefit (however the benefit is expressed) relating to taxation under any Commonwealth law;
Examples of benefits covered by paragraph (b) are deductions, credits and offsets under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , and input tax credits under the GST Act.
(c) the existence or extent of any other obligation (or right) of the entity relating to a liability or benefit of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b).
Examples of obligations covered by paragraph (c) include the following:
(a) an obligation to withhold money from a payment; (b) an obligation to lodge a return, or to provide information, to the Commissioner of Taxation; (c) an obligation to become registered under a taxation law.
A declaration under this section is not a legislative instrument.