Taxation Determination

TD 2000/35

Income tax: capital gains: is a capital gain or capital loss made from an antique car, a veteran car or a vintage car disregarded?

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may be releasedFOI number: I 1022794

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Date of effect
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1. Yes.

2. Section 118-5 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 states that you disregard a capital gain or capital loss you make on a car, motor cycle or similar vehicle. A car is defined to be 'a motor vehicle designed to carry a load of less than 1 tonne and fewer than 9 passengers' (subsection 995-1(1)).

3. A car is a CGT asset under Division 108. A car may be a collectable in terms of subsection 108-10(2) if it is an antique. A car may be a personal use asset in terms of subsection 108-20(2) if it is used or kept mainly for your (or your associate's) personal use or enjoyment. In either case, it remains a car for the purposes of section 118-5 and any capital gain or capital loss made on it is disregarded under that section.

Note 1:

4. The word 'antique' describes an object of artistic and historical significance that, when a CGT event happens to it, is of an age exceeding 100 years: see Taxation Determination TD 1999/40.

Note 2:

5. A capital gain or capital loss you make on an antique, veteran or vintage motor vehicle designed to carry a load of 1 tonne or more and 9 or more passengers is not disregarded.

Commissioner of Taxation
13 September 2000

Previously issued as TD 1999/D71


ATO references:
NO 99/10671-9

ISSN: 1038-8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

TD 1999/40

Subject References:
capital gain
CGT asset
personal use asset
veteran car
vintage car

Legislative References:
ITAA 1997 Div 108
ITAA 1997 108-10(2)
ITAA 1997 108-20(2)
ITAA 1997 118-5
ITAA 1997 995-1(1)