Income Tax Assessment Act 1997



Division 100 - A Guide to capital gains and losses  

Step 1 - Have you made a capital gain or a capital loss?  

SECTION 100-20   What events attract CGT?  

You can make a capital gain or loss only if a CGT event happens.

There are a wide range of CGT events. Some happen often and affect many different taxpayers. Others are rare and affect only a few.

Some examples of CGT events
Situation Event Which CGT event?
You own shares you acquired on or after 20 September 1985 You sell them CGT event A1
You sell a business You agree with the purchaser not to operate a similar business in the same area CGT event D1
You are a lessor You receive a payment for changing the lease CGT event F5
You own shares in a company The company makes a payment (not a dividend) to you as a shareholder CGT event G1

A summary of all the CGT events is in section 104-5 .

Identifying the time of a CGT event

The specific time when a CGT event happens is important for various reasons: in particular, for working out whether a capital gain or loss from the event affects your income tax for the current or another income year.

If a CGT event involves a contract, the time of the event will often be when the contract is made , not when it is completed.

The time of each CGT event is explained early in the relevant section in Division 104 .


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