Business SA loses court case to prove it is a charity for tax purposes

The role of Business SA as the State’s peak business lobby group has been called into question after the Supreme Court ruled that its “dominant” purpose was not to advance trade and commerce in South Australia and dismissed its claim against RevenueSA, which collects State taxes, to claw back almost $2.6 million in payroll tax.

Reported in The Advertiser Newspaper – 1 September 2017 (page 8)

Our comment – In recent times regulators have shown greater willingness to question the tax exempt status of charitable bodies. Charites should ensure their constitution and activities meet both State and Commonwealth legislative criteria when seeking exemption from taxation.

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