HA3042 TAXATION LAW
TRIMESTER 1, 2016
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT 1
Assessment Value: 20%
• This assignment is to be submitted in accordance with assessment policy stated in the Subject Outline and Student Handbook.
• It is the responsibility of the student who is submitting the work, to ensure that the work is in fact her/his own work. Incorporating another’s work or ideas into one’s own work without appropriate acknowledgement is an academic offence. Students should submit all assignments for plagiarism checking on Blackboard before final submission in the subject. For further details, please refer to the Subject Outline and Student Handbook.
• Answer all questions.
• Maximum marks available: 20 marks.
• Due date of submission: Week 7 (Melbourne); Week 6 (Sydney and Brisbane).
Question 1 (5 Marks)
Hilary is a well-known mountain climber. The Daily Terror newspaper offers her $10,000 for her life story, if she will write it. Without the assistance of a ghost writer, she writes a story and assigns all her right, title and interest in the copyright for $10,000 to the Daily Terror. The story is published and she is paid. She has never written a story before. She also sells the manuscript to the Mitchell Library for $5,000 and several photographs that she took while mountain climbing for which she receives $2,000.
Discuss whether or not the three payments are income from personal exertion. Would your answer differ if she wrote the story for her own satisfaction and only decided to sell it later?
Question 2 (5 marks)
Your client is a parent who lent $40,000 to her son to provide a short-term housing loan. The agreement is that the son will repay $50,000 at the end of five years.
Reconsider this question in light of the following facts. The loan was made to the son without any formal agreement and without any security provided for the sum lent. In addition, the client (the mother) has informed you that she told her son that he need not pay interest. However, the son repaid the full amount after two years and included in his payment an additional amount which was equal to 5% pa on the amount borrowed. Only one cheque was presented for the total amount.
Discuss the effect on the assessable income of the parent.
Question 3 (10 Marks)
Scott is an accountant who purchased a vacant block of land in Brisbane on 1 October 1980. On 1 September 1986, Scott built a house on the land. At the time, the land was valued at $90,000 and the cost of construction was $60,000. The property has been rented out since construction was completed. On 1 March of the current tax year, Scott sold the property at auction for $800,000.
a) Based on the information above, determine Scott’s net capital gain or net capital loss for the year ended 30 June of the current tax year.
b) How would your answer to (a) differ if Scott sold the property to his daughter for $200,000?
c) How would your answer to (a) differ if the owner of the property was a company instead of an individual?