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Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 4) Bill 2007

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5328-revised 2

 

2004-2005-2006-2007

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 4) Bill 2007

 

(1)     Schedule 5, page 98 (after line 17), before item 27, insert:

26A  Subsection 10(2)

Insert:

de facto relationship means a relationship between two people living together as a couple on a genuine domestic basis, where the relationship is not a marital relationship:

                     (a)  in determining whether two people are in a de facto relationship, the circumstances of the relationship must be considered as a whole. Without limiting the generality of this paragraph, those circumstances may include:

                              (i)  the length of their relationship;

                             (ii)  how long and under what circumstances they have lived together;

                            (iii)  whether there is a sexual relationship between them;

                            (iv)  their degree of financial dependence or interdependence, and any arrangements for financial support, between or by them;

                             (v)  the ownership, use and acquisition of their property, including any property that they own individually;

                            (vi)  their degree of mutual commitment to a shared life;

                           (vii)  whether they mutually care for and support children;

                          (viii)  the performance of household duties;

                            (ix)  the reputation, and public aspects, of the relationship between them;

                             (x)  the existence of a statutory declaration signed by both persons stating that they regard themselves to be in a de facto relationship with the other person;

                     (b)  a de facto relationship may be between two people of the same gender.

Note:          A person in a marital relationship is taken to be legally married - see subsection 8A(2) of the Superannuation Act 1976 .

[definitions]

 (2)    Schedule 7, page 112 (after line 26), after item 65, insert:

65A  Subsection 995-1

Insert:

                   beneficiary relationship —for the purposes of this Act, a person had a beneficiary relationship with another person at a particular time if the person has a marital or de facto relationship with the person and ordinarily lived with that other person on a permanent and bona fide domestic basis at that time.

65B  Subsection 995-1(1)

Insert:

de facto relationship means a relationship between two people living together as a couple on a genuine domestic basis, where the relationship is not a marital relationship:

                     (a)  in determining whether two people are in a de facto relationship, the circumstances of the relationship must be considered as a whole. Without limiting the generality of this paragraph, those circumstances may include:

                              (i)  the length of their relationship;

                             (ii)  how long and under what circumstances they have lived together;

                            (iii)  whether there is a sexual relationship between them;

                            (iv)  their degree of financial dependence or interdependence, and any arrangements for financial support, between or by them;

                             (v)  the ownership, use and acquisition of their property, including any property that they own individually;

                            (vi)  their degree of mutual commitment to a shared life;

                           (vii)  whether they mutually care for and support children;

                          (viii)  the performance of household duties;

                            (ix)  the reputation, and public aspects, of the relationship between them;

                             (x)  the existence of a statutory declaration signed by both persons stating that they regard themselves to be in a de facto relationship with the other person;

                     (b)  a de facto relationship may be between two people of the same gender;

                     (c)  to avoid doubt, two people may still be in a de facto relationship if they are living apart from each other on a temporary basis.

65C  Subsection 995-1(1)

At the end of the definition of spouse , add “and includes a person who is in a beneficiary relationship”.

[definitions - extension of benefits to same sex de facto partners]