If you have undertaken an acquisition in the past 8 years, then you may be entitled to additional tax deductions.
Amendments to the tax consolidation provisions1 have modified the tax cost-setting rules dealing with valuable rights to future income.
Importantly, the amendments apply retrospectively from 1 July 2002. So if your organisation has been acquisitive in recent years you may be eligible to lodge tax amendments and possibly access large retrospective tax deductions and associated refunds.
What is “Rights to Future Income”?
Examples of “Rights to Future Income” assets (or RTFI assets) may include:
Tax deduction eligibility
A tax deduction may be allowed where the following conditions are met:
A deduction is allowed to be claimed over the lesser of:
There are certain instances in which a tax deduction is not allowed, for example:
What has changed?
Under the old system, the tax cost setting amount was usually considered nondeductible for the head entity of a tax consolidated group.
Even if the buyer was paying for the RTFI asset, it was uncertain under the old regime when and how the amount allocated to the RTFI asset should be treated for tax purposes.
Following the amendments, it is now clear that the tax cost allocated to the RTFI asset is a deductable cost. Provided all conditions are met, a deduction can be claimed.
A practical example
Assume a tax group acquires 100% of a company’s shares on 1 July 2010 and consequently, the acquired company joins the tax group.
Suppose the newly-purchased company has a service contract in place for a residual term of 5 years, for which it is expected to receive $100,000 per year under the life of the contract. In this situation, the service contract is a RTFI asset.
The market value of this RTFI asset is then determined based on a recognised market valuation methodology at $250,000. This is also established as the tax cost base of the asset under the consolidation tax cost setting process (NB: this is a simplified assumption. In some cases the market value of the RTFI asset may not necessarily equal the tax cost as per the tax consolidation calculation).
In the past, the acquiring group would likely have treated the $250,000 tax cost of the asset as nondeductible for tax purposes. However now (assuming the acquirer includes $100,000 a year as additional assessable income in its tax return), additional deductions able to be claimed can be summarised as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5|
|Gross income||$100,000||$100,000||$100,000||$100,000||$ 100,000|
|Additional deduction||($ 50,000)||($ 50,000)||($ 50,000)||($ 50,000)||($ 50,000)|
|Total additional deduction||($250,000)|
What do you need to do?
Before you can claim a deduction under the RTFI regime, the following steps must be undertaken:
We can help
Grant Thornton has a team of technical tax and valuations experts dedicated to guiding you through these changes. If you would like more information on how to manage the impact of the tax consolidation amendments, or assistance assessing your eligibility for the deductions potentially available, please contact one of our national experts who will put you in touch with a local advisor:
Andrea De Cian
Partner – Corporate Finance
T +61 2 8297 2554
Alternatively, contact your local Grant Thornton Director.
1 The Tax Laws Amendment (2010 Measures No.1) Act 2010, which obtained Royal Assent in June 2010.