July Labour Force SurveyAugust 10, 2000
Petrol, Beer, Train, Meter MaidsAugust 22, 2000
Potential GST Avoidance Activity in the Insurance Industry to be Stopped
Measures will be introduced to prevent potential avoidance of GST in respect of repairs
carried out under insurance policies.
This follows advice from the Motor Traders Association to the Australian Taxation
Office of potential avoidance activity with respect to excess payments under insurance
policies and the dealings of insurance companies with motor vehicle repairers.
The changes will be introduced to prevent potential avoidance in relation to the excess
payable by an insured, such as the insureds contribution of a fixed amount to the
cost of repairs with the balance being the insurers liability.
The law already provides that the payment of an excess to an insurer is not
consideration for a supply and therefore not the subject of an input tax credit. The
legislative changes will ensure that the same applies where the excess is passed to a
repairer who passes it to the insurer. This means that the insurer will not be entitled to
an input tax credit on an excess paid by the insured.
The measures will apply from the date of this press release.
17 August, 2000
David Alexander (Tax Reform Unit) (02) 6277 6390
Matthew Bambrick (ATO) (02) 6216 2691