Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

CHAPTER 4 - INTERNATIONAL ASPECTS OF INCOME TAX  

PART 4-5 - GENERAL  

Division 820 - Thin capitalisation rules  

Subdivision 820-B - Thin capitalisation rules for outward investing entities (non-ADI)  

Operative provisions

SECTION 820-85   Thin capitalisation rule for outward investing entities (non-ADI)  

Thin capitalisation rule

820-85(1)  
This subsection disallows all or a part of each *debt deduction of an entity for an income year (to the extent that it is not attributable to an *overseas permanent establishment of the entity) if, for that year:


(a) the entity is an *outward investing entity (non-ADI) (see subsection (2)); and


(b) the entity ' s *adjusted average debt (see subsection (3)) exceeds its *maximum allowable debt (see section 820-90 ).

Note 1:

This Subdivision does not apply if the total debt deductions of that entity and all its associate entities for that year are $2 million or less, see section 820-35 .

Note 2:

To work out the amount to be disallowed, see section 820-115 .

Note 3:

For the rules that apply to an entity that is an outward investing entity (non-ADI) for only a part of an income year, see section 820-120 in conjunction with subsection (2) of this section.

Note 4:

A consolidated group or MEC group may be an outward investing entity (non-ADI) to which this Subdivision applies: see Subdivisions 820-FA and 820-FB .

Outward investing entity (non-ADI)

820-85(2)  
The entity is an outward investing entity (non-ADI) for a period that is all or a part of an income year if, and only if, it is:


(a) an *outward investor (general) for that period (as set out in items 1 and 3 of the following table); or


(b) an *outward investor (financial) for that period (as set out in items 2 and 4 of that table).


[ Table: Outward investing entity (non-ADI)]
[ Table: Outward investing entity (non-ADI)]
Outward investing entity (non-ADI)
Item If: and: then:
1 the entity (the relevant entity ) is one or both of the following throughout a period that is all or a part of an income year: the relevant entity is not a *financial entity, nor an *ADI, at anytime during that period the relevant entity is an outward investor (general) for that period
(a) an *Australian controller of at least one *Australian controlled foreign entity (not necessarily the same Australian controlled foreign entity throughout that period);
(b) an Australian entity that carries on a *business at or through at least one *overseas permanent establishment (not necessarily the same permanent establishment throughout that period)
2 the entity (the relevant entity ) satisfies this column in item 1 the relevant entity is a *financial entity throughout that period the relevant entity is an outward investor (financial) for that period
3 (a) the entity (the relevant entity ) is an *Australian entity throughout a period that is all or a part of an income year; and the relevant entity is not a *financial entity, nor an *ADI, at anytime during that period the relevant entity is an outward investor (general) for that period
(b) throughout that period, the relevant entity is an *associate entity of another Australian entity; and
(c) that other Australian entity is an *outward investing entity (non-ADI) or an *outward investing entity (ADI) for that period
4 the entity (the relevant entity ) and another Australian entity satisfy this column in item 3 the relevant entity is a *financial entity throughout that period the relevant entity is an outward investor (financial) for that period

Note 1:

To determine whether an entity is an Australian controller of an Australian controlled foreign entity, see Subdivision 820-H .

Note 2:

The rules that apply to an outward investor (general) are different from those that apply to an outward investor (financial) in some instances. For example, see sections 820-95 and 820-100 .

Adjusted average debt

820-85(3)  


The entity ' s adjusted average debt for an income year is the result of applying the method statement in this subsection. In applying the method statement, disregard any amount that is attributable to the entity ' s *overseas permanent establishments. Method statement

Step 1.

Work out the average value, for that year (the relevant year ), of all the *debt capital of the entity that gives rise to *debt deductions of the entity for that or any other income year.


Step 2.

Reduce the result of step 1 by the average value, for the relevant year, of all the *associate entity debt of the entity.


Step 3.

Reduce the result of step 2 by the average value, for the relevant year, of all the *controlled foreign entity debt of the entity.


Step 4.

If the entity is a *financial entity throughout the relevant year, add to the result of step 3 the average value, for the relevant year, of the entity ' s *borrowed securities amount.


Step 5.

Add to the result of step 4 the average value, for the relevant year, of the *cost-free debt capital of the entity. The result of this step is the adjusted average debt .

Note:

To calculate an average value for the purposes of this Division, see Subdivision 820-G .

820-85(4)  
The entity ' s *adjusted average debt does not exceed its *maximum allowable debt if the adjusted average debt is nil or a negative amount.


 

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