Income tax: the value for depreciation purposes for a subsequent purchase of a car subject to the section 42-80 luxury car limit
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Notice of Withdrawal
1. Taxation Ruling TR 1999/3, which issued on 3 February 1999, deals with the cost of a car for depreciation purposes where the car has been previously owned and was previously subject to the luxury car limit in section 57AF of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 or in the former section 42-80 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997). The Ruling states that the cost of the car to the subsequent purchaser is the actual cost. This cost is subject to the luxury car limit for the financial year in which the subsequent owner first uses the car. However, the fact that the car was previously subject to the luxury car limit would not, in itself, cause the Commissioner to exercise the discretion under the former section 42-90. That section provided the Commissioner with a discretion, in certain circumstances, to limit the cost of previously depreciated property.
4. Under Division 40 of the ITAA 1997, there is no equivalent provision to the former section 42-90 of the ITAA 1997. The rules for working out the cost of a depreciating asset are contained in Subdivision 40-C of the ITAA 1997. The cost of a previously owned car is worked out using those rules and is generally the amount paid for the car subject to the car limit in section 40-230 of the ITAA 1997.
Commissioner of Taxation
18 May 2005