Division 1C - Payment of instalments by companies and certain trustees  

Subdivision D - Estimates of current year's tax  


221AZP(1)   [Base amount]  

A taxpayer who lodges an estimate for the current year is liable to pay the general interest charge on the amount in subsection (2) if the estimated amount turns out to be more than 10% below the base amount. The base amount is the lesser of the following amounts:

(a) the likely tax for the current year, immediately before the taxpayer lodged its first or only estimate for the current year;

(b) the tax payable by the taxpayer for the current year, reduced by the following amounts:

(i) credits under subsection 98A(2) , Division 18 of Part III or Division 1AA or 3A of this Part, or under the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 ;

(ii) offsets under section 160AQK .

The general interest charge is worked out under Division 1 of Part IIA of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 .

221AZP(2)   [Application of penalty]  

The taxpayer is liable to pay the general interest charge on the amount that is the difference between the estimated amount and the base amount.

221AZP(3)   [Rate]  

The general interest charge is payable for each day in the period that:

(a) started at the beginning of the later of the following dates:

(i) the date on which the taxpayer lodged the estimate;

(ii) the earliest date on which the taxpayer would have had to pay an instalment for the current year if the estimate had not been lodged; and

(b) finishes at the end of the earlier of the following dates:

(i) the date on which the taxpayer lodges another estimate for the current year;

(ii) the due date for the last instalment.


221AZP(5)   [Penalty deemed tax]  

The amount of the general interest charge payable under this section is to be treated as tax for the purposes of sections 254 , 255 , 258 and 259 .


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