Taxation Determination

TD 98/D11

Income tax: are joining fees or annual fees paid for a 'consumer loyalty program' an allowable deduction?

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    This document has been finalised by TD 1999/35.

FOI status:

draft only - for comment


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1. No, except when paid by an employer as a cost of employing a person, as there is no nexus between the expenditure and the derivation of assessable income.

2. A 'consumer loyalty program' is defined in Taxation Ruling TR 98/D9 'Income tax and fringe benefits tax: flight rewards received under frequent flyer and other similar consumer loyalty programs'.

Your comments

3. If you wish to comment on this draft Determination, please send your comments by 21 August 1998 to:

Contact officer details have been removed following publication of the final determination.

Commissioner of Taxation
8 July 1998


ATO references:
NO NAT 98/6907-7
BO BO 97/5833-0

ISSN 1038 - 8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

TD 98/D10
TR 97/D15
TR 98/D9

Subject References:
deductions and expenses
frequent flyer benefits
non cash benefits

Legislative References:
ITAA97 8-1