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Where a change in legislation or case law (the law) affects the content of a public ruling, the change in the law overrides the public ruling—that is, the Commissioner will determine the tax liability or eligibility for a concession, grant or exemption, as the case may be, in accordance with the law.
Under s.10(1)(c) of the Duties Act 2001 (the Duties Act) an existing right is dutiable property.
The definition of existing right in Schedule 6 of the Duties Act includes an existing right to the income from dutiable property.1
This Public Ruling clarifies the circumstances where a transaction relating to an existing right to the income from dutiable property will be dutiable.
Ruling and explanation
An existing right to the income from dutiable property is dutiable property.2 Consequently, where a person holds, as a separate asset, an existing right to income and that right is the subject of a dutiable transaction3, duty will apply.
C is the mortgagee of land in Queensland securing the repayment of a loan with interest. C transfers to D the mortgage, including the secured debt.
The transfer is a dutiable transaction—the transfer of dutiable property. The dutiable property is an existing right, namely, C’s right as the holder of the mortgage.4 Duty is $5.5
Although the secured debt carries interest, the transaction is not a transfer of an existing right being the right to income from dutiable property. The right to interest is not an existing right; it is not a separately existing asset in C’s hands.
X is the mortgagee of land in Queensland and grants to Y the right to all the interest payable under the mortgage. Y subsequently transfers that right to Z.
The initial grant of the right by X to Y is not a dutiable transaction because the right is not a new right.6 Nor is it an existing right.
The transfer of the right from Y to Z is a dutiable transaction. It is the transfer of an existing right being the right to income from dutiable property.7
Date of effect
This Public Ruling takes effect from the date of issue.
Commissioner of State Revenue
Date of issue: 24 February 2009
Dates of effect
24 February 2009
24 February 2009
Supersedes Practice Direction DA 40.1
1 March 2002
1 March 2002
23 February 2009
Paragraph (m) of the definition
Section 10(1)(c) and paragraph (m) of the definition of existing right in Schedule 6 of the Duties Act
Section 9(1) of the Duties Act sets out a list of the dutiable transactions
Paragraph (h) of the definition of existing right in Schedule 6 of the Duties Act
Section 24(1) of the Duties Act
Section 9(1)(f) and the definition of new right in Schedule 6 of the Duties Act
Section 9(1)(a), 10(1)(c) and paragraph (m) of the definition of existing right in Schedule 6 of the Duties Act