Taxation Determination

TD 2007/12

Income tax: consolidation: subsidiary in liquidation - for the purposes of subsection 711-45(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, is the amount of an unsatisfied liability owed to another member of the consolidated group ('intra-group liability') by a subsidiary member at the time it is deregistered equal to the market value of the corresponding asset of that other member?

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Ruling

1. Yes. Subsection 711-45(4) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997[1] provides that the amount of an intra-group liability for the purpose of applying subsection 711-45(1) is the market value of the corresponding asset of the member of the group at the time of deregistration.

Date of effect

2. This Determination applies both before and after its date of issue. However, the Determination will not apply to taxpayers to the extent that it conflicts with the terms of settlement of a dispute agreed to before the date of issue of the Determination (see paragraphs 75 and 76 of Taxation Ruling TR 2006/10).

Commissioner of Taxation
2 May 2007

Appendix 1 - Explanation

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Explanation

3. Taxation Determination TD 2006/59[2] explains that the unsatisfied debts of a subsidiary at the time of deregistration are recognised as accounting liabilities in accordance with accounting standards. Therefore they are accounting liabilities of the subsidiary just before the leaving time for the purposes of subsection 711-45(1) in accordance with the leaving entity's accounting principles for tax cost setting.

4. Subsection 711-45(4) modifies the operation of subsection 711-45(1) in respect of intra-group liabilities:


If an accounting liability of the leaving entity is owed to a *member of the old group, the amount to be added for the liability is the *market value of the corresponding asset of the member.

5. Where a liquidated subsidiary has an outstanding liability to another member of the consolidated group at the time of its deregistration, it is likely that the corresponding asset of the other member will have little or no value.[3] If the market value of the corresponding asset is nil then, in accordance with section 711-45, there will be no amount subtracted for that intra-group liability under step 4 in the table in subsection 711-20(1). If the liquidated subsidiary has no other unsatisfied liabilities, the amount remaining after step 4 will not be negative and the head company will not be taken to have made a capital gain under CGT event L5.

Footnotes


All legislative references are to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 unless otherwise stated.


Income tax: consolidation: subsidiary in liquidation - are unsatisfied debts of a subsidiary at the time of deregistration, being debts owed to creditors outside of the consolidated group, accounting liabilities for the purposes of subsection 711-45(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997?


The likelihood of previously unidentified funds or assets coming to light and the prospects for reinstatement of the subsidiary would be factors relevant to the determination of the market value of the corresponding asset.

Previously released in draft form as TD 2006/D41

References

ATO references:
NO 2006/2672

ISSN: 1038-8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

TD 2006/59
TR 2006/10

Subject References:
capital gains tax
CGT assets
company
consolidated group
consolidation - capital gains tax
consolidation - exiting
consolidation - tax liabilities
insolvency
leaving entity
leaving time
liquidation
member of a group
ownership, interests, control & rights
single entity rule
subsidiary company
subsidiary member of a consolidated group
voluntary liquidation
wholly owned
wholly owned subsidiary

Legislative References:
ITAA 1997 711-20(1)
ITAA 1997 711-45
ITAA 1997 711-45(1)
ITAA 1997 711-45(4)
TAA 1953

TD 2007/12 history
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