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ATO Interpretative Decision

ATO ID 2004/247 (Withdrawn)

Income Tax
Deductions: Queensland Community Ambulance Cover Levy

Attention This ATO ID is withdrawn as the Queensland Community Ambulance Cover levy was abolished on 1 July 2011. As such, the view expressed in this ATO ID only applies to income years up until the 2010-2011 year.
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FOI status: may be released
Status of this decision: Decision withdrawn 22 September 2017.

CautionCAUTION: This is an edited and summarised record of a Tax Office decision. This record is not published as a form of advice. It is being made available for your inspection to meet FOI requirements, because it may be used by an officer in making another decision.

This ATOID provides you with the following level of protection:

If you reasonably apply this decision in good faith to your own circumstances (which are not materially different from those described in the decision), and the decision is later found to be incorrect you will not be liable to pay any penalty or interest. However, you will be required to pay any underpaid tax (or repay any over-claimed credit, grant or benefit), provided the time limits under the law allow it. If you do intend to apply this decision to your own circumstances, you will need to ensure that the relevant provisions referred to in the decision have not been amended or repealed. You may wish to obtain further advice from the Tax Office or from a professional adviser.


Issue

Is the taxpayer entitled to a deduction, under section 8-1 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997), for the cost of the Queensland Community Ambulance Cover Levy?

Decision

Yes. The taxpayer is entitled to a deduction, under section 8-1 of the ITAA 1997, for the cost of the Queensland Community Ambulance Cover Levy.

Facts

The taxpayer carries on a business for the purpose of producing assessable income from premises that are supplied with electricity. The electricity is used solely for business purposes. From the 1 July 2003 the cost of the electricity includes an amount for the Ambulance Levy.

The Queensland Community Ambulance Cover Levy (the Ambulance Levy) is a state government charge imposed on most electricity accounts from 1 July 2003. The purpose of the levy is to fund the Queensland Ambulance Service. The levy is imposed under the Community Ambulance Cover Act 2003 (Qld).

Reasons for Decision

Section 8-1 of the ITAA 1997 allows a deduction for losses and outgoings to the extent that they:

·
  are incurred in gaining or producing assessable income; or
·
  are necessarily incurred in carrying on a business for the purpose of gaining or producing assessable income.

However, no deduction is allowed for losses or outgoings to the extent they are of a capital, private or domestic nature, or are incurred in relation to gaining or producing exempt income, or are otherwise prevented from being deductible by a specific provision of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 or the ITAA 1997.

As the Ambulance Levy is imposed on electricity accounts, it forms part of the cost of having electricity supplied. Therefore, the Ambulance Levy will receive the same treatment as the electricity account on which it is imposed. Where the electricity is used wholly for business purposes, the Ambulance Levy will be fully deductible. Where the electricity is used only partly for business purposes, the Ambulance Levy will be deductible only to the extent of the business usage of the electricity.

The Ambulance Levy will be deductible under paragraph 8-1(1)(b) as an expense necessarily incurred in carrying on a business for the purpose of gaining or producing assessable income. This treatment is consistent with the treatment the courts have given to other government taxes and charges such as payroll tax ( Layala Enterprises Pty Ltd (in liq) v. FCT (1998) 86 FCR 348; 98 ATC 4858; (1998) 39 ATR 502), stamp duty associated with revenue transactions (10 CTBR Case 34) and land tax ( Moffatt v. Webb (1913) 16 CLR 120).

Date of decision: 5 March 2004

Year of income:Year ended 30 June 2004

Legislative References:
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
   section 8-1
   paragraph 8-1(1)(b)

Community Ambulance Cover Act 2003 (Qld)
   the Act

Case References:
Layala Enterprises Pty Ltd (in liq) v. Commissioner of Taxation
   (1998) 86 FCR 348
   98 ATC 4858
   (1998) 39 ATR 502

Moffatt v. Webb (Commissioner of Taxes)
   (1913) 16 CLR 120
    19 ALR 190

Keywords
Deductions & expenses
State & local government taxes
Telephone expenses

Siebel/TDMS Reference Number: 3932332

Business Line: Small Business/Individual Taxpayers

Date of publication: 19 March 2004

ISSN: 1445-2782

ATO ID 2004/247 (Withdrawn) history   Top  
   Date   Version 
    5 March 2004   Original statement   
 You are here ®  22 September 2017   Withdrawn   


 


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