INTERNATIONAL ASPECTS OF INCOME TAX
Foreign currency gains and losses
Guide to Division 775
What this Division is about
Your assessable income includes a forex realisation gain you make as a result of a forex realisation event.
You can deduct a forex realisation loss that you make as a result of a forex realisation event.
There are 5 main types of forex realisation events:
(a) forex realisation event 1 happens if you dispose of foreign currency, or a right to receive foreign currency, to another entity;
(b) forex realisation event 2 happens if you cease to have a right to receive foreign currency (otherwise than because you disposed of the right to another entity);
(c) forex realisation event 3 happens if you cease to have an obligation to receive foreign currency;
(d) forex realisation event 4 happens if you cease to have an obligation to pay foreign currency;
(e) forex realisation event 5 happens if you cease to have a right to pay foreign currency.
There are special rules for certain short-term forex realisation gains and losses.
You may choose roll-over relief for certain facility agreements.
You may elect to receive concessional tax treatment for a qualifying forex account that passes the limited balance test.
You may choose retranslation for a qualifying forex account.