INCOME TAX ASSESSMENT ACT 1936

PART III - LIABILITY TO TAXATION  

Division 1 - General  

SECTION 23AB   INCOME OF CERTAIN PERSONS SERVING WITH AN ARMED FORCE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE UNITED NATIONS  

23AB(1)  


In this section:

prescribed taxpayer
means a taxpayer who, being a resident of Australia, is, or is included in a class of persons that is, prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this section.

tax deductions unapplied
, in relation to a deceased person, means any amounts withheld under Part 2-5 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 from work and income support related withholding payments and benefits derived by the deceased person in respect of United Nations service:


(a) that have not been credited in payment of income tax; and


(b) in respect of which a payment has not been made by the Commissioner.

the prescribed area
has the same meaning as in section 79A .

United Nations service
means service, other than service as a member of the Defence Force, performed, at the direction or with the approval of the Commonwealth, outside Australia with an armed force under the control of the United Nations, at a time when the person performing the service was a prescribed taxpayer.

23AB(2)  


The regulations may prescribe a person or a class of persons for the purposes of this section but shall not so prescribe a person or class of persons unless the salary, wages and allowances received by the person or by all the persons in that class, as the case may be, in respect of his, her or their United Nations service are paid, given or granted by the Commonwealth or by the United Nations for and on behalf of the Commonwealth.

23AB(3)  
A succeeding provision of this section does not apply in relation to a person if the regulations provide that that provision does not apply in relation to that person or in relation to a class of persons in which that person is included.

23AB(4)  


Regulations made for the purposes of subsection (2) or (3) may provide that the regulations shall be deemed to have taken effect on a date specified in the regulations, being a date before the date on which the regulations are notified in the Gazette, and, in that case, the regulations shall be deemed to have taken effect on the date so specified.

23AB(5)  
Where:


(a) a payment of compensation under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 is made in respect of the incapacity, impairment or death of a taxpayer; and


(b) the incapacity, impairment or death of the taxpayer resulted from an occurrence that happened during the performance by the taxpayer of United Nations service; and


(c) if the taxpayer had, at the time of the happening of the occurrence, been a member of the Defence Force rendering continuous full-time service outside Australia while the taxpayer was allotted for duty in an operational area described in item 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 of Column 1 of Schedule 2 to the Veterans ' Entitlements Act 1986, the Commonwealth would be liable to pay a pension under that Act in respect of the incapacity, impairment or death of the taxpayer;

the payment of compensation is exempt from income tax.

23AB(6)  


For the purposes of section 15-2 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , the total value of all allowances, gratuities, compensations, benefits, bonuses and premiums (in this subsection referred to as " living allowances " ) allowed, given or granted in meals, sustenance or the use of premises or quarters (including payment in lieu of one or more of those living allowances) to a taxpayer in respect of, or for or in relation directly or indirectly to, United Nations service shall be deemed to be an amount calculated at the rate of $2 for each week of that service in which any of those living allowances were so allowed, given or granted, or in which payment in lieu of any of those living allowances was made, to the taxpayer.

23AB(7)  


Subject to subsections (8), (8A) and (9A) and subsection 79B(4) , a taxpayer is entitled to a rebate of tax in his or her assessment in respect of income of a year of income in which he or she has performed United Nations service and derived income by way of salary, wages or other allowances in respect of that service. The amount of the rebate is:


(a) where the total period of that service performed by the taxpayer during the year of income is more than one-half of the year of income or where the taxpayer dies while performing that service during the year of income - an amount equal to the sum of:


(i) $338; and

(ii) the amount worked out using subsection (7A); or


(b) in any other case - such amount as, in the opinion of the Commissioner, is reasonable in the circumstances, being an amount not greater than the amount of the rebate to which the taxpayer would have been entitled under this subsection if paragraph (a) had applied to him or her in respect of the year of income.

23AB(7A)  


For the purposes of subparagraph (7)(a)(ii), the amount is equal to 50% of the sum of the following rebates (if any) in respect of the year of income:


(a) any tax offset to which the taxpayer is entitled under Subdivision 61-A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 ;


(b) any notional tax offset to which the taxpayer is entitled under Subdivision 961-A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 .

23AB(8)  


For the purposes of subsection (7), but subject to subsection (8A), the total period of United Nations service of a taxpayer in any year of income shall be deemed to include any period in that year of income during which the taxpayer has resided, or has actually been, in the prescribed area.

23AB(8A)  


For the purposes of subsection (7), United Nations service does not include any period of service of the taxpayer in respect of which an exemption from income tax applies under section 23AG .

23AB(9)  


Where a rebate is allowable under subsection (7) in the assessment of a taxpayer in respect of income of a year of income and, but for this subsection, a rebate of a lesser amount would be allowable in that assessment under section 79A , a rebate under section 79A is not allowable in that assessment.

23AB(9A)  


Where a rebate is allowable under section 79A in the assessment of a taxpayer in respect of income of a year of income and, but for this subsection, a rebate of the same or a lesser amount would be allowable in that assessment under subsection (7), a rebate under subsection (7) is not allowable in that assessment.

23AB(9B)  


Subsection 79B(4) shall be disregarded in determining for the purposes of subsections (9) and (9A) of this section the amount of a rebate allowable to a taxpayer under subsection (7) of this section or under section 79A .

23AB(10)  
Where:


(a) the trustee of the estate of a deceased person who has performed United Nations service is liable to pay income tax, in respect of a year of income, upon income that consists of or includes salary, wages or allowances derived by the deceased person in respect of that service; or


(b) the death of the person resulted from an occurrence that happened during that service; and


(c) if the person had, at the time of the happening of the occurrence, been a member of the Defence Force rendering continuous full-time service outside Australia while the taxpayer was allotted for duty in an operational area described in item 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 of Column 1 of Schedule 2 to the Veterans ' Entitlements Act 1986 , the Commonwealth would be liable to pay a pension under that Act in respect of the death of the person;

the trustee is, by force of this subsection, released from the payment of so much of that tax as remains after deducting any tax deductions unapplied:


(d) if the assessable income of the deceased person of the year of income consists solely of the salary, wages or allowances derived in respect of that service - from the amount of income tax so payable by the trustee; or


(e) if the assessable income of the deceased person of the year of income includes income other than the salary, wages or allowances derived in respect of that service:


(i) from the amount of income tax so payable by the trustee; or

(ii) from the amount by which the income tax payable in respect of the income of the year of income has been increased by the inclusion of the salary, wages or allowances so derived in the assessable income of the deceased person of the year of income;
whichever is the less.

23AB(11)  


Nothing in subsection (10) shall be construed as authorizing or requiring the Commissioner to refund any amount paid as or for income tax by or on behalf of the deceased person or the trustee of his or her estate.

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