In the course of 2002 and 2003, the Australian Government introduced a fundamental change to the taxation of corporate groups. The new tax consolidation legislation allows wholly-owned groups to be regarded as one homogenous entity for income tax purposes from 1st of July 2002. After making an irrevocable decision to implement the elective consolidation provisions, a group, consisting of a head company and at least one other wholly-owned entity (company, trust or partnership), lodges a single income tax return and pays a single set of PAYG instalments over the period of consolidation. The assessment of the policies, principles and rules governing the implementation and operation of the consolidation regime reveals far-reaching implications for the accessibility of tax attributes and changes to the tax cost / adjusted values of capital / depreciating assets. Tax accounting systems and corporate governance guidelines established by groups are also affected. This thesis identifies and analyses the areas of taxation, accounting and corporate governance which are relevant for the initial consolidation decision.
|Date of Award||5 Jun 2004|