Taxation Laws Amendment Act (No. 6) 2001 (169 of 2001)
Schedule 6 Personal services income
Part 4 Other amendments
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
17 Sections 87-1 and 87-5
Repeal the sections, substitute:
87-1 What this Division is about
Divisions 85 and 86 do not apply to personal services income that is income from conducting a personal services business.
It is not intended that the Divisions apply to independent contractors.
A personal services business exists if there is a personal services business determination or if one or more of 4 tests for what is a personal services business are met.
Regardless of how much of your personal services income is paid from one source, you can self-assess against the results test to determine whether you are an independent contractor. The results test is based on the traditional tests for determining independent contractors and it is intended that it apply accordingly.
However, you cannot "self-assess" whether you meet any of the other 3 tests if 80% or more of your personal services income is from one source. In these cases, you need a personal services business determination in order to be treated as conducting a personal services business.
87-5 Diagram showing the operation of this Division
This diagram shows how this Division operates to ascertain whether personal services income is income from conducting a personal services business.