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Australia Consults on Amendments to Strengthen Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law — Orbitax Tax News & Alerts

The Australian Treasury has launched a public consultation on draft legislation to amend the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law (MAAL) to ensure that corporate structures involving foreign partnerships and foreign trusts cannot be used to avoid the application of the MAAL. The MAAL, which took effect from 1 January 2016, is meant to prevent multinationals from escaping Australian tax by using artificial or contrived arrangements to avoid having a taxable presence in Australia. The amendments made by the draft legislation will apply with retrospective effect from 1 January 2016.

Comments may be submitted up to 23 February 2018.