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02 August 2017 / Andrew Hubbard , Pete Miller
Issue: 4610 / Categories: Comment & Analysis

All wound-up


  • Comparison of the alternatives when withdrawing cash reserves from a company.
  • The targeted anti-avoidance rule should not apply because there is no liquidation.
  • There is an exemption for a fundamental change in ownership in the transactions in securities legislation.
  • The vendor is making a clear choice within the scope of the legislation.
  • The purchaser is buying a company at arm’s length and paying tax on the transaction.
  • The emphasis of PCRT is on behaviour and not outcomes.

Pete Miller’s article (‘Is this another wind-up?’) elicited much interest in the Taxation office and Pete and I had a long discussion about it afterwards. What follows is a summary of the main points of our conversation. We think that readers will be interested in our thoughts not only...

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