5 November 2018

Consultation on tax implication of AASB17 and other insurance tax issues

Today I’ve released a paper for public consultation on the adoption of a new accounting standard for insurance contracts (AASB17), which will apply mandatorily for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021.

The consultation will inform the Government’s consideration of whether and what changes may be needed to the tax law as a consequence of the move to the new accounting standard.

Consideration of the tax implications of AASB17 also provides an opportunity to seek comments on two other insurance taxation issues that relate to the operation of the current provisions:

  • First, whether the tax law for health insurers should be codified rather than relying on the ordinary principles; and
  • Second, whether the tax law should specify how to calculate outstanding claims liabilities for general insurance companies.

The consultation paper is available on the Treasury website. Interested parties are encouraged to provide their views by Thursday, 31 January 2019.

Submissions can be emailed to insurancetax@treasury.gov.au during this period.