Income tax: capital gains: does section 118-190 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 reduce your main residence exemption if part of your dwelling is used by someone else for an income producing purpose ?
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FOI status:may be releasedFOI number: I 1021099
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- the dwelling which was your main residence was used for the purpose of producing assessable income; and
- if you had incurred interest on money borrowed to acquire the dwelling, or your ownership interest in it, you could have deducted some or all of that interest.
3. If someone else uses part of your dwelling for income producing purposes and if you had incurred interest on money borrowed to acquire your dwelling, you could not deduct any of that interest under section 8-1 of the ITAA 1997 because it would not be incurred in gaining or producing your assessable income.
6. This Taxation Determination is inconsistent with paragraph 7 of Taxation Ruling IT 2673 which provides, in relation to subsection 160ZZQ(21) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (which section 118-190 of the ITAA 1997 replaces) that the main residence exemption is reduced if the dwelling is used for income producing purposes by the taxpayer or by any other person. Paragraph 7 of IT 2673 is withdrawn.
7. David owns a 6 bedroom home which he and his wife Sophie have used as their main residence since it was purchased in 1995. Sophie has a physiotherapy practice and the two front rooms of the home are used exclusively by Sophie for her practice. Sophie and David live in the remainder of the home. If David had incurred interest on money borrowed to acquire the home, he could not deduct any of that interest under section 8-1 because it would not be incurred in gaining or producing his assessable income. Because David would not be entitled to any interest deduction, section 118-190 does not apply to reduce David's entitlement to a main residence exemption when a CGT event happens in relation to the dwelling.
Commissioner of Taxation
15 December 1999
BO CGT main residence summit 1999