Draft Taxation Determination

TD 93/D288

Income tax: capital gains: can a premium constitute "an amount of money or other consideration" paid to acquire rights under or an interest in a policy of life assurance for the purpose of subsection 160ZZI(3) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936?

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FOI status:

draft only - for comment


Draft Taxation Determinations (TDs) represent the preliminary, though considered, views of the ATO. Draft TDs may not be relied on; only final TDs are authoritative statements of the ATO.

1. In the context of section 160ZZI, the first premium paid by a policyholder to a life assurance company is taken to be an amount of money paid in respect of the acquisition of rights under or an interest in a policy of life assurance (paragraph 160ZH(1)(a)). Completion of the contract between the policyholder and the life assurance company is generally accepted to be subject to the receipt of this first premium.

2. On the other hand, ongoing premiums paid by the policyholder or by an assignee do not constitute consideration in respect of the acquisition of the rights under or an interest in such policies but are characterised as capital expenditure either for the purpose of enhancing the value of, or preserving the title to those rights or interests (paragraphs 160ZH(1)(c) or (d)).

3. Accordingly, where an assignment of rights under or an interest in a policy is made by way of gift (e.g. in a family arrangement), ongoing premiums paid by the assignee (who cannot therefore be an original beneficial owner) will not be taken to be amounts of money paid to acquire those rights or interest so as to deny the exemption provided by subsection 160ZZI(2).

Commissioner of Taxation
16 December 1993



ISSN: 1038-8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

TD 93/D284
TD 93/D285
TD 93/D286
TD 93/D287

Subject References:
life assurance policy
capitals gains tax

Legislative References:
ITAA 160ZZI(2)
ITAA 160ZZI(3)
ITAA 160ZH(1)(a)
ITAA 160ZH(1)(c)
ITAA 160ZH(1)(d)