Taxation 1

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ACC00132-2014-2 Taxation Major Assignment 

Your client John comes to see you in July 2014 asking to prepare his income tax return for 

the year ended 30 June 2014. His shoebox of receipts, invoices and other paperwork 

reveals the following information; 

John purchased a house on 26 August 1987 for a cost of $170,000 and also incurred legal 

costs of $1,500 and stamp duty of $4,400 in relation to the purchase. John lived in the 

house as his main residence until 31 July 2003, at which time he moved interstate for 

work. The market value of the house at this time was $230,000. 

From 1 August 2003 until 30 April 2014 the house was rented out to different tenants, the 

last of whom damaged the home. The following costs were incurred in May 2014 to rectify 

the damage to the house; 

Replacing carpet on lounge room floor 800 

Repairing holes in walls of 2 bedrooms 1,200 

Repainting the entire inside of the house 3,000 

Professional cleaning of the whole house 700 

Replace bathroom vanity and basin 1,500 

After this work was completed John decided to sell the house because he no longer 

wanted to deal with irresponsible tenants. He sold the house on 15 June 2014 for 

$300,000 less commission of $2,200. 

John also sold on 15 June 2014 his 550 shares in Commonwealth Bank for $44,000. Of 

these shares, 500 were originally acquired in September 1991 at a cost of $5.40 per 

share. The remainder were acquired in a 1 for 10 bonus share offer in October 2000, 

which were issued from the company’s share capital account. 

In addition to the above transactions, John had the following income and expenses for the 

year ended 30 June 2014; 

Income $

Salary (occupation – sales representative) 54,000 

Entertainment allowance 3,000 

Rental income from the house mentioned above 16,200

Reimbursement of water rates for this property (by tenant) 320 

Franked dividends from Commonwealth Bank shares 2,106 

Family Tax benefit (for his 4 year old son) 5,200 

Cash received from deceased grandmother’s estate 15,000 

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 Expenditure $ 

Meals incurred when entertaining clients in his job as a sales 

 representative for his employer 1,800 

Purchase of work clothing and shoes 380 

Child care costs (approved care for his 4 year old son) 4,800 

Purchase of a mobile phone 1 October 2013 (used 80% for work purposes) 750 

Monthly call costs on his mobile phone (above) 600 

Train tickets for travelling to and from work 150 

Rates on the rental property 1,200 

Insurance on the rental property 850 

Income protection insurance 650 

Life insurance 180 

Legal fees in relation to sale of rental property 1,100 

Tax Agent fees (including $700 advice regarding sale of rental property) 1,000 

Brokerage costs in relation to sale of shares in Commonwealth Bank 250 

Medical expenses for himself and his son (including $1,200 hospital costs, 

 $900 doctor visits, $1,800 dental work, $720 remedial massage 

 costs not prescribed by doctor, $800 prescription sunglasses) 5,420 

 Amounts refunded by health fund and Medicare $1,500 

John’s PAYG Payment Summary shows PAYG withholdings for the year 9,097 


1. Discuss the tax implications of the sale of rental property, including any exemptions 

available and the deductibility of the costs to rectify damage. Calculate the 

assessable gain, if any. 

2. Discuss the tax implications of the sale of the Commonwealth Bank shares. 

Calculate the assessable gain, if any. 

3. Discuss the assessability and deductibility of all the other items listed in the 


4. Calculate John’s taxable income for the year ended 30 June 2014. 

5. Calculate the tax payable/(refundable) for John for the year ended 30 June 2014, 

including all additional levies and tax offsets. 



You must support your discussion and interpretation with reference to legislation, cases or 


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