Taxpayer failed to prove that payments were “loans”

In a recent case, the Full Federal Court has found that severalntaxpayer companies had not discharged the onus of proving that assessments thenCommissioner of Taxation issued to them were excessive. The amended assessmentsntook into account income of some $4 million that the Australian companiesnreceived from overseas sources. The taxpayers had claimed that the payments werenloans.


In allowing the Commissioner’s appeal, the Court majority heldnthat it would not be appropriate to find that the taxpayers had provided thenrequired proof that the payments were genuine loans; in fact, they had madeninconsistent or “alternative” arguments about the nature of the payments.

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