Goods and Services Tax Ruling
Goods and services tax: insurance settlements by making supplies of goods or services
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FOI status:May be released
Notice of Withdrawal
1. GSTR 2000/36 states the Commissioner's view on whether Division 11 or Division 78 of A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 applies to a payment or supply made by an insurer in the course of settling a claim under an insurance policy.
Reason for Withdrawal
5. We have reviewed Goods and Services Tax Ruling GSTR 2000/36 to ensure consistency with in GSTR 2005/6, which addresses the scope of subsection 38-190(3), and draft Ruling GSTR 2005/D8, which deals with making supplies and analysing multi-party arrangements.
7. The draft Ruling takes the view that it is important to analyse the act or transaction that the insurer enters into when settling a claim to determine what supply is being made by whom and to whom. Essentially, the GST consequences for the insurer in these arrangements turn on the identification of:
- a supply and its proper characterisation;
- the recipient (acquirer) of the supply;
- the entity to whom the supply is provided;
- the consideration for that supply;
- who provides, or is liable to provide, the consideration; and
- whether there is a sufficient nexus between the consideration and the supply.
- a change of the Commissioner's interpretation of the two UK VAT cases (Customs and Excise Commissioners v. Redrow Group plc  2 All ER 1;  STC 161;  1 WLR 408 and British Airways plc 16446  BVC 2207) that were discussed in GSTR 2000/36;
- a discussion of the more recent UK VAT case, WHA Limited and Viscount Reinsurance Company Limited v. HM Commissioners of Customs and Excise  EWCA Civ 559;
- some minor corrections to the vouchers section following the issue of the vouchers ruling (GSTR 2003/5); and
- the treatment of insurance excess payments.
Commissioner of Taxation
21 December 2005