Taxation Determination

TD 95/14

Income tax: capital gains: how is the 'exempt' component of a capital gain that arises on the disposal of goodwill treated when distributed to shareholders by a liquidator in the course of winding up a company?

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FOI status:

may be releasedFOI number: I 1016124

This Determination, to the extent that it is capable of being a 'public ruling' in terms of Part IVAAA of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 , is a public ruling for the purposes of that Part. Taxation Ruling TR 92/1 explains when a Determination is a public ruling and how it is binding on the Commissioner. Unless otherwise stated, this Determination applies to years commencing both before and after its date of issue. However, this Determination does not apply to taxpayers to the extent that it conflicts with the terms of a settlement of a dispute agreed to before the date of issue of the Determination (see paragraphs 21 and 22 of Taxation Ruling TR 92/20).

1. The component is not deemed to be a dividend under subsection 47(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936. It does not represent income derived by the company under ordinary concepts or under the extended definition of income in subsection 47(1A).

2. In terms of paragraph 47(1A)(b), this component would not be included in the assessable income of the company under section 160ZO, notwithstanding the requirement that the capital gain be recalculated in accordance with the provision. Subsection 47(1A) does not specify that exempting provisions, including section 160ZZR, are to be disregarded in recalculating the gain. The specific requirements in paragraph 47(1A)(b) are to disregard indexation and capital losses.

3. The exempt component will represent consideration in respect of the disposal of the shares (in the case of a final distribution) or an amount to which section 160ZL applies (in the case of an interim distribution in respect of post-CGT shares).

Example Company's Position X Pty Ltd was incorporated and acquired a business after 19 September 1985. The business was acquired for $100,000, and its only asset was goodwill. The business was sold and the goodwill disposed of for $200,000 in the 1992/1993 year of income.Assuming that the indexed cost base of the goodwill was $110,000, the company made a capital gain of $90,000 of which $45,000 was exempt under section 160ZZR. The company paid tax of $17,550 on the assessable gain (i.e. 39% x $45,000).The company transferred the after-tax amount of $82,450 to its capital profits reserve.The company was placed in liquidation. Of the funds distributed by the liquidator, $82,450 was appropriated from the capital profits reserve. Shareholder's Position Subsection 47(1A) deems a shareholder to have received a dividend to the extent that an amount would have been a capital gain to the company disregarding indexation and losses.In this particular case, the capital gain (disregarding indexation) would have been $100,000. Fifty percent ($50,000) would have qualified for exemption under section 160ZZR.. The balance of the distribution ($32,450 i.e. $50,000 less tax paid $17,550) is deemed by subsection 47(1) to be a dividend.If the distribution is a final distribution, the full amount of $82,450 would represent consideration in respect of the disposal of the shares and would need to be taken into account in calculating the extent of any capital gain or loss. Subsection 160ZA(4) would operate to ensure an appropriate reduction is made to any capital gain that would otherwise arise to the extent of the $32,450 deemed dividend.If the distribution is an interim distribution, the application of section 160ZL would need to be considered in relation to the amount of the distribution that is not deemed to be a dividend (i.e. $50,000 [$82,450 - $32,450]).

Commissioner of Taxation
20 April 95

Previously issued as Draft TD 94/D113.


ATO references:
NO CGT Cell (CGDTLiq 5); NAT 94/8637-2

ISSN 1038 - 8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

TD 95/10
TD 95/11
TD 95/12
TD 95/13
TD 95 15

Subject References:
capital gains
disposal of assets
exemption of gains and losses

Legislative References:
ITAA 47(1)
ITAA 47(1A)
ITAA 47(1A)(b)
ITAA 160ZA(4)

TD 95/14 history
  Date: Version: Change:
You are here 20 April 1995 Original ruling  
  13 June 2001 Withdrawn