ATO Interpretative Decision
ATO ID 2002/99
Norfolk Island Resident - Tax-free threshold
FOI status: may be released
Status of this decision: Decision Current
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Is the taxpayer, a resident of Norfolk Island, entitled to the tax-free threshold under Schedule 7 to the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 (the Rates Act)?
Yes. A Norfolk Island resident taxpayer is entitled to the tax-free threshold under Schedule 7 to the Rates Act as they are a resident of Australia.
The taxpayer is a Norfolk Island resident who receives Australian sourced income.
Reasons for Decision
The rates of tax on taxable income and the tax-free threshold applicable to resident taxpayers are contained in Part 1 of Schedule 7 to the Rates Act.
The term 'resident' is defined in section 3 of the Rates Act to be a taxpayer who is not a 'prescribed non resident'. Section 3 of the Rates Act defines 'prescribed non resident' as a person who is a non resident who is not in receipt of certain pensions, allowances or benefits which are subject to tax in Australia.
Section 4 of the Rates Act provides that the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA 1936) is incorporated and shall be read as one with the Rates Act. As the term 'resident' is not further defined in the Rates Act it is necessary to look to the general definition of the term in section 6 of the ITAA 1936 which defines 'resident' or 'resident of Australia' as meaning a person who resides in Australia.
Subsection 7A(2) of the ITAA 1936 provides that the ITAA 1936 has effect as if Norfolk Island were part of Australia.
As Norfolk Island is deemed to be part of Australia, a person who resides in Norfolk Island is deemed to reside in Australia and is therefore a resident of Australia for tax purposes. The Norfolk Island resident taxpayer is therefore entitled to the Australian resident's tax-free threshold under Schedule 7 to the Rates Act.
Date of decision: 19 October 2001
Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
Income Tax Rates Act 1986
Schedule 7, Part 1
Tax free threshold
Date of publication: 30 January 2002