Income tax: capital gains: can a subsection 160ZZQ(11A) election made for the purposes of subsection 160ZZQ(11) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 cover more than one period of absence from a taxpayer's sole or principal residence (SPR)?
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Notice of Withdrawal
1. This Determination clarifies that an election made for the purposes of subsection 160ZZQ(11) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 can cover more than one period of absence from a taxpayer's residence. Subsection 160ZZQ(11) was rewritten as section 118-45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997). In the rewritten provision, a taxpayer is required to make a 'choice' rather than an 'election'.
2. When the capital gains tax (CGT) provisions were rewritten, the law was amended to make it clear that the way in which an income tax return is prepared is sufficient evidence of the making of a choice for CGT purposes (section 103-25 of the ITAA 1997).
3. As a choice under section 118-145 of the ITAA 1997 is only required to be made by way of the preparation of the taxpayer's income tax return for the year in which they would otherwise make a capital gain or loss from their dwelling, it is clear that the choice can cover more than one period of absence. This is confirmed by the example which follows subsection 118-145(4).
Commissioner of Taxation
21 April 2010