Draft Taxation Determination

TD 1999/D16

Income tax: interest withholding tax exemption under section 128F of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 - does section 128F apply to debentures under which the yield is determined by a variable indexation factor rather than by being fixed?

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1. Yes. Section 128F applies to any debenture as defined in subsection 128F(9). For the purposes of this section, 'debenture' is given a wider meaning than under subsection 6(1). It includes a promissory note or bill of exchange, in addition to common securities such as debenture stocks, bonds and notes, or any other securities of a company.

2. Accordingly, provided the requirements of 128F are otherwise satisfied, the section applies to structured or indexed notes under which the yield (but not the principal amount) is determined by a variable factor and which may vary by an amount greater than or equal to zero.

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Commissioner of Taxation
27 January 1999