Practical Compliance Guidelines
Effects of the Addendum to Taxation Ruling 2002/14
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|What this Guideline is about|
|Date of effect|
|The Addendum to TR 2002/14|
|Treatment of capital growth payments made before 26 November 2014|
|Consolidated groups and the tax cost of the assets of an entity who joined a group before 26 November 2014|
|Amendment requests and objections|
Relying on this Guideline
This Practical Compliance Guideline sets out a practical administration approach to assist taxpayers in complying with relevant tax laws. Provided you follow this guideline in good faith, the Commissioner will administer the law in accordance with this approach.
What this Guideline is about
1. This Guideline sets out some of the effects of the Addendum dated 26 November 2014 to Taxation Ruling 2002/14 Income tax: taxation of retirement village operators (TR 2002/14A2) for retirement village operators making capital growth payments before, on or after, 26 November 2014.
Date of effect
2. This Guideline applies both before and after date of issue. It will be reviewed in accordance with the ATO's standard review process to ensure the currency and relevance of the content, and that the content maintains alignment with Australian taxation requirements and industry practice.
The Addendum to TR 2002/14
3. On 26 November 2014, the ATO issued an addendum to TR 2002/14 to replace the view that capital growth payments are capital. The replacement paragraph 50 in TR 2002/14A2 reflects the decisions in Re Retirement Village Co and Federal Commissioner of Taxation and Re Retirement Village Operator and Federal Commissioner of Taxation. It confirms that when a retirement village operator makes a capital growth payment to an outgoing resident, the payment is deductible to the retirement village operator under section 8-1 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997).
Treatment of capital growth payments made before 26 November 2014
4. If you made capital growth payments to outgoing residents before 26 November 2014, and relied on TR 2002/14 as it was prior to the addendum issued on that date, you may choose to continue relying on the ruling as it was prior to the addendum, and treat the payments as capital.
- are not deductible under section 8-1 of the ITAA 1997, and
- can be included in the cost base or reduced cost base of an independent living unit or serviced apartment under Subdivision 110-A of the ITAA 1997.
- are deductible under section 8-1 of the ITAA 1997, and
- cannot be included in the cost base or reduced cost base of an independent living unit or serviced apartment under Subdivision 110-A of the ITAA 1997.
Consolidated groups and the tax cost of the assets of an entity who joined a group before 26 November 2014
7. As a result of TR 2002/14A2, a head company retirement village operator of a consolidated group may face retrospective adjustments to the allocable cost amount and the tax cost of the assets of an entity who joined the group before 26 November 2014, for capital growth payments made before, on, or after 26 November 2014.
8. To obviate these retrospective adjustments, the ATO confirms that a head company retirement village operator may choose to apply section 104-525 of the ITAA 1997 resulting in CGT event L6 happening and the head company making a capital gain if it believes it has a net overstated amount (worked out under subsection 104-525(3) of the ITAA 1997) in respect of such a joining entity.
Amendment requests and objections
- request an amendment to an assessment under section 170 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA 1936), or
- object against an assessment under section 175A of the ITAA 1936.
10. Where you object against an assessment made on or before 12 November 2014 but the objection will not be lodged within the period prescribed by paragraph 14ZW(1)(aa) of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA 1953), you may, under subsection 14ZW(2) of the TAA 1953, nevertheless lodge the objection with the Commissioner together with a written request asking the Commissioner to deal with the objection as if it had been lodged within that period. This is providing that, on or after 6 May 2011, had you lodged such an objection, it would have been lodged within that prescribed period.
Commissioner of Taxation
25 August 2016
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Re Retirement Village Co and Federal Commissioner of Taxation
 AATA 298
2011 ATC 1-031
(2011) 83 ATR 757
Re Retirement Village Operator and Federal Commissioner of Taxation
 AATA 887
2013 ATC 1-061
(2013) 96 ATR 455
PS LA 2003/7