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There are a number of sources of legal authorities and rules in taxation law. The ATO issues Public Rulings or Determinations, Private Rulings, Class Rulings, Product Rulings and Interpretative Decisions. These are all sources of authority in how taxation law is interpreted and applied by the Commissioner of Taxation.  However, it is important to note that these secondary sources of law cannot supplant or override statute or regulation.  Moreover, they are often used to assist on how a particular section of case is to be construed and applied generally.  A skilled Taxation Lawyer may be able to comprehensively consider all relevant sources of law to include secondary sources, to provide you with detailed advice upon how your financial situation is affected by the complex web of taxation law. In this manner it is possible to predict and plan for how it will be treated by the ATO.

Class Rulings provide legally binding advice about the application of a tax law to a specific class of persons (“participants”) in relation to a particular arrangement. The aim is to provide certainty to participants and obviate the need for individual applications for private rulings

Class rulings enable the Commissioner to provide advice in response to a request from an entity about the application of a tax law to a specific class of persons in relation to a particular arrangement. Their purpose is to provide certainty to participants and overcome the need for individual participants to seek private rulings. To this end, the Commissioner may also issue a class ruling where a member of a class of persons affected by a particular arrangement requests a private ruling on the arrangement.

A class ruling applies to all persons within a specified class who participate in the specified arrangement during the term of the ruling. Such rulings are legally binding on the Commissioner and participants can rely on the statements they contain, provided the arrangements are carried out as described in the ruling. Class rulings will not be issued in relation to investment schemes and similar products (for which a product ruling should be sought). Nor will a class ruling be issued where the Commissioner has announced a change to the law on which he has been asked to rule. Where the Commissioner is unable to rule favourably, a private ruling may be obtained to enable the issues to be tested through the relevant review processes.

A Class Rulings sets out the Commissioner's opinion as to the way a tax law applies to a class of persons (as defined in the Class Ruling) in relation to an arrangement. Examples of situations where a Class Rulings may be given include: an employer seeks advice about the tax consequences of retention bonuses for a class of employees; an employer seeks advice about the tax consequences of a bona fide redundancy plan for a class of employees; an employer seeks advice about the tax consequences of an employee share acquisition plan for individual employees; a company seeks advice about the tax consequences for its shareholders of a restructure of a company, a split or consolidation of its shares, or any other proposed transaction of the company affecting the tax affairs of its shareholders; a public company seeks advice about the application of the scrip for scrip roll-over provisions to its shareholders; a Commonwealth, State or Territory government or government authority seeks advice about a proposed transaction (e.g. an industry restructure which has taxation consequences for participants in that industry).

A Class Rulings may be issued where an entity requests advice about the application of the tax law to a specific class of persons in relation to a particular arrangement, or where a member of a class of persons affected by a particular arrangement requests a private ruling on that arrangement.

It is highly recommended that you seek skilled legal and financial advice from an experienced Taxation Lawyer to ensure that you understand and are made aware of any Class Ruling that is applicable and advantageous to your financial situation.  If you need further legal advice on your tax appeal matter, you may book an appointment with us by telephone or by email to info@navado.com.au. Alternatively, you may book an appointment to see one of our qualified Taxation Lawyers and Financial specialists at one of our branch offices. For a complete listing please see our "Locations" tab. 

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