Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
When you die, your assessable income up to the time of your death includes the *market value at that time of the *trading stock of your *business (if any).
In the case of trees, you can deduct the relevant portion of your capital costs of acquiring the land carrying the trees or of acquiring a right to fell the trees: see section 70-120 .70-105(2)
The entity on which the *trading stock devolves is treated as having bought it for its *market value at that time.
However, your *legal personal representative can elect to have included in your assessable income (instead of the *market value) the amount that would have been the *value of the *trading stock at the end of an income year ending on the day of your death. 70-105(4)
In the case of an asset covered by section 70-85 (which applies this Subdivision to certain other assets), your *legal personal representative can elect to have a nil amount included in your assessable income (instead of the *market value). 70-105(5)
Your *legal personal representative can make an election only if:
(a) the *business is carried on after your death; and
(b) the *trading stock continues to be held as trading stock of that business, or the asset continues to be held as an asset of that business, as appropriate. 70-105(6)
If an election is made, the entity on which the *trading stock devolves is treated as having bought it for the amount referred to in subsection (3) or (4).
An election can only be made on or before the day when your *legal personal representative lodges your *income tax return for the period up to your death. However, the Commissioner can allow it to be made later.
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