ATO Interpretative Decision
ATO ID 2004/172 (Withdrawn)
Capital gains tax: CGT event - investor selling a carbon sequestration right
FOI status: may be released
Status of this decision: Decision withdrawn 5 May 2017.
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Does CGT event A1, under section 104-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997), happen when the investor sells a carbon sequestration right, as defined in section 87A of the Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW) (the Conveyancing Act), before the end of the contract?
Yes. CGT event A1, under section 104-10 of the ITAA 1997, happens when the investor sells a carbon sequestration right, as defined in section 87A of the Conveyancing Act, before the end of the contract.
An investor enters into a contract with a New South Wales landowner for the acquisition of a carbon sequestration right, as defined in section 87A of the Conveyancing Act. The term of the contract is 20 years. During the fifth year of the contract, the investor sells the right to another investor.
Reasons for Decision
Subsection 104-10(1) of the ITAA 1997 states that CGT event A1 happens if you dispose of a CGT asset. Under subsection 104-10(2) of the ITAA 1997, you dispose of a CGT asset if a change of ownership occurs from you to another entity, whether because of some act or event or by operation of law.
A carbon sequestration right, as defined under section 87A of the Conveyancing Act, is a legal right that satisfies the definition of 'CGT asset' in subsection 108-5(1) of the ITAA 1997.
Under subsection 960-100(1) of the ITAA 1997, an entity is defined as any of the following:
- an individual;
- a body corporate;
- a body politic;
- a partnership;
- any other unincorporated association or body of persons;
- a trust;
- a superannuation fund.
A carbon sequestration right is defined in section 87A of the Conveyancing Act as follows:
carbon sequestration right in relation to land, means a right conferred on a person by agreement or otherwise to the legal, commercial or other benefit (whether present or future) of carbon sequestration by any existing or future tree or forest on the land after 1990.
The selling of the right to another entity before the end of the contract constitutes a change of ownership of the asset, and hence a disposal of a CGT asset under subsection 104-10(1) of the ITAA 1997.
Date of decision: 12 February 2004
|Year of income:||Year ended 30 June 2004|
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW)
Related ATO Interpretative Decisions
ATO ID 2004/163
ATO ID 2004/171
Capital gains tax
CGT event A1-disposal of a CGT asset
Siebel/TDMS reference number: 3922578; 1-5IQ22IB; 1-AXQRCEY
Business line: Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals
Date of publication: 24 February 2004
Date reviewed: 24 June 2014
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