Goods and Services Tax Advice


Goods and services tax: Is there an increasing adjustment when an enterprise asset is transferred to a spouse because of a marital breakdown where the acquisition of the asset was not a creditable acquisition?

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No, an increasing adjustment does not arise in these circumstances.


A marriage has broken down. One spouse ran a GST registered enterprise. That spouse had bought the enterprise as a GST-free supply of a going concern. The Family Court orders that an asset that formed part of the GST-free supply of the going concern be transferred to the other spouse. The asset was used in the enterprise. The other spouse is not registered for GST and does not intend to carry on the enterprise.


Goods and services tax ruling GSTR 2003/6 expresses the view that a transfer of an enterprise asset to a spouse under an order of the Family Court is not a taxable supply.

The ruling does however provide that the transfer may give rise to an increasing adjustment under Division 129 of the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (GST Act).

An increasing adjustment under Division 129 of the GST Act is calculated on the amount of input tax credit claimed. No input tax credit is claimed by the entity as the acquisition forms part of a GST-free supply of a going concern, so that there can be no adjustment under Division 129 of the GST Act when the asset is later supplied by the entity to the spouse in the circumstances of GSTR 20003/6.

Application of this GST Advice

This Advice applies [to tax periods commencing] both before and after its date of issue. However, this Advice will not apply to taxpayers to the extent that it conflicts with the terms of a settlement of a dispute agreed to before the date of issue of this Advice (see paragraphs 75 and 76 of Taxation Ruling TR 2006/10).

Commissioner of Taxation
14 June 2005

Not previously issued as a draft


ATO references:
NO 05/3095

ISSN: 1833-0053

Related Rulings/Determinations:

TR 2006/10

Subject References:
enterprise assets
property distributions
roll-over relief
marital breakdowns
input tax credits

Legislative References:
ANTS(GST)A 1999 Div 129
TAA 1953 Sch 1 Div 358

GSTA TPP 067 history
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