ATO Interpretative Decision

ATO ID 2003/964

Income Tax

Consolidation: subsidiary in liquidation - membership of consolidated group
FOI status: may be released
  • This ATO ID was amended to improve clarity

Status of this decision: Decision Current
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Issue

Is a wholly-owned subsidiary company eligible to be a member of a consolidated group, under paragraph 703-15(2)(b) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997), if it is in liquidation at the time that the consolidated group is formed?

Decision

Yes. A wholly-owned subsidiary company is eligible to be a member of a consolidated group, under paragraph 703-15(2)(b) of the ITAA 1997, even though it is in liquidation at the time that the consolidated group is formed.

Facts

An Australian resident head company and its wholly-owned resident subsidiary companies, Subsidiary A and Subsidiary B, consolidate.

Prior to the time of consolidation, a liquidator has been appointed to wind up Subsidiary B.

At the time of consolidation, the liquidation process was continuing.

Subsidiary B had not yet been deregistered.

Flowchat showing the relationship between Head Co, Subsidiary A and Subsidiary B

Reasons for Decision

The criteria for eligibility to be a subsidiary member of a consolidated group are contained in item 2 of the table in subsection 703-15(2) of the ITAA 1997. One of the requirements for a subsidiary company to be a member of a consolidated group is that it must be a wholly owned subsidiary of the head company. To be a member of a consolidated group, a subsidiary company must be:

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taxed at a rate equal to the general company tax rate
·
not excluded from being a member of a consolidated group
·
an Australian resident, but not a prescribed dual resident, and
·
a wholly-owned subsidiary of the head company

The definition of a 'wholly-owned subsidiary' is contained in subsection 703-30(1) of the ITAA 1997. A subsidiary entity is wholly-owned by the holding entity if all the membership interests in that subsidiary are beneficially owned by the holding entity, or its wholly-owned subsidiaries, or a combination of the holding entity and its wholly-owned subsidiaries.

The appointment of a liquidator to a company does not affect a shareholder's beneficial ownership of their shares in the liquidating company, although those shares may be worthless.

Accordingly, the appointment of a liquidator to Subsidiary B will not affect Subsidiary A's membership interests in Subsidiary B. Subsidiary B will satisfy the definition of 'wholly-owned subsidiary' contained in section 703-30 of the ITAA 1997, and is eligible to be a member of the consolidated group as it satisfies the criteria for eligibility contained in item 2 of the table in subsection 703-15(2) of the ITAA 1997 .

Date of decision:  1 October 2003

Year of income:  30 June 2004

Legislative References:
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
   subsection 703-15(2)
   paragraph 703-15(2)(b)
   section 703-30
   subsection 703-30(1)

Keywords
Consolidation
Consolidation - formation
Liquidation
Member of a group
Ownership, interests, control & rights
Subsidiary member of a consolidatable group
Subsidiary member of a consolidated group
Voluntary liquidation
Wholly owned
Wholly owned subsidiary

Siebel/TDMS Reference Number:  3715837

Business Line:  Consolidation Centre of Expertise

Date of publication:  31 October 2003

ISSN: 1445-2782