Section 100A and Tax Purpose

West Garbutt Principal – Director, Mark West has authored the following paper for Taxation in Australia Vol 56(11). This paper challenges the view that tax purpose limits the extent of the “ordinary family and commercial dealing” exclusion from the meaning of “reimbursement agreement” in s 100A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936. This “tax purpose based” view is central to the position reflected in the ATO’s TR 2002/D1 and PCG 2022/D1. But a disciplined analysis of the exact words of s 100A in the context of the approach to statutory interpretation prescribed by the High Court, and past case law, raises serious questions over the correctness of the ATO position.

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