Case B19/2015

Commissioner of Taxation v. Australian Building Systems Pty Ltd 
(In Liquidation)
Commissioner of Taxation v. Ginette Dawn Muller and Joanne Emily Dunn as Liquidators of Australian Building Systems Pty Ltd 
(In Liquidation)

Case Nos.

B19/2015; B20/2015

Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

8/10/2014 Federal Court of Australia (Edmonds J, Collier J, Davies J)

[2014] FCAFC 133


Taxes and duties – Income tax and related legislation – Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) ss 6 and 254 – Where administrators were appointed to Australia Building Systems under Pt 5.3A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) – Where it was resolved that Australian Building Systems would be wound up and the respondents in B49/2014 were appointed liquidators – Where the liquidators caused Australian Building Systems to enter into a contract for sale of a property which gave rise to a capital gains tax event pursuant to s 104-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) – Whether under the 1936 Act a trustee is subject to the requirements and authorisations in s 254 only in relation to income, profits or gains for which they are assessable to tax under Part III Div 6 of the 1936 Act – Whether a trustee is subject to authorisations and requirements in s 254 of the 1936 Act only in relation to income, profits or gains for which they have liability to tax under some other provision of the Act or whether ancillary liabilities are created by s 254 – Whether, following the receipt of money in a representative capacity by a trustee but prior to an assessment for tax, the retention authorisation and requirement in s 254(1)(d) of the 1936 Act requires the trustee to retain out of moneys then in or coming to them in their representative capacity so much as is significant to pay the tax of the income, profits or gains or whether it only authorises and requires a trustee to retain such moneys after an assessment is made for tax on the income, profits or gains.

Short Particulars


17/04/2015 Hearing (SLA, Canberra v/link to Brisbane)

01/05/2015 Notice of appeal

22/05/2015 Written submissions (Appellant)

22/05/2015 Chronology (Appellant)

19/06/2015 Written submissions (Respondents)

03/07/2015 Reply

08/09/2015 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

10/12/2015 Judgment (Judgment summary)