INCOME TAX ASSESSMENT ACT 1936

PART IV - RETURNS AND ASSESSMENTS  

SECTION 170A   AMENDMENT OF ASSESSMENTS - INTERACTION WITH OTHER ACTS  

Scope

170A(1)  
This section applies if a law other than section 170 or this section provides that section 170 does not prohibit the amendment of an assessment if the amendment is made:


(a) for a particular purpose; and


(b) within a particular period (the later amendment period ). Extensions - applications by taxpayer

170A(2)  
Section 170 does not prevent the Commissioner amending the assessment even though the later amendment period has ended if the taxpayer applies:


(a) before the end of the later amendment period; and


(b) in the approved form mentioned in subsection 170(5) ;

for an amendment for the purpose mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) of this section. The Commissioner may amend the assessment to give effect to the decision on the application.

Extensions - giving effect to private rulings

170A(3)  
The Commissioner may amend an assessment even though the later amendment period has ended if:


(a) the taxpayer applies for a private ruling under Division 359 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 :


(i) before the end of the later amendment period; and

(ii) for the purpose mentioned in paragraph (1)(a); and


(b) the Commissioner makes a private ruling under that Division because of the application.

The Commissioner may amend the assessment to give effect to the ruling.

Extensions - Federal Court orders or taxpayer consent

170A(4)  
If:


(a) the Commissioner has started to examine the affairs of a taxpayer in relation to an assessment for the purpose mentioned in paragraph (1)(a); and


(b) the Commissioner has not completed the examination before the end of the later amendment period or that period as extended;

the later amendment period may be extended as follows:


Extensions of later amendment period
In this case: The position is:
1 The Commissioner, before the end of the later amendment period or that period as extended, applies to the Federal Court of Australia for an order extending the later amendment period The Court may order an extension of the later amendment period for a specified period if it is satisfied that it was not reasonably practicable, or it was inappropriate, for the Commissioner to complete the examination within the later amendment period, or that period as extended, because of:
(a) any action taken by the taxpayer; or
(b) any failure of the taxpayer to take action that would have been reasonable for the taxpayer to take.
2 The Commissioner, before the end of the later amendment period or that period as extended, requests the taxpayer to consent to extending the later amendment period The taxpayer may, by notice in writing, consent to extending the later amendment period for a specified period.

170A(5)  
The later amendment period for an assessment may be extended more than once under subsection (4).


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