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A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition - Excise) Bill 1999



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Bills Digest No. 154  1998-99

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A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition-Excise) Bill 1999

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This Digest was prepared for debate. It reflects the legislation as introduced and does not canvass subsequent amendments. This Digest does not have any official legal status. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.

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Passage History

A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition-Excise) Bill 1999

Date Introduced:  24 March 1999

House:  House of Representatives

Portfolio: Treasury

Commencement: 1 July 2000

Purpose

To impose the tax that is payable under the wine tax law (within the meaning of the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999 ) to the extent that it is a duty of excise.

Background

1. Exclusive power over customs, excise and bounties

Section 90 of the Constitution prohibits the States from levying customs duties and excise duties.  The expression of section 90 also prevents self-governing Territories from imposing customs and excise duties. By virtue of section 90, only the Federal Parliament can impose such taxes.

‘A customs duty is a tax imposed on goods imported into, or exported out of, Australia. In contrast an excise duty is a tax which is imposed on goods which are already in circulation in Australia.’(1)

2. Further Background

For additional background information plea se refer to the Bills Digest for the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition-General) Bill 1999.

Main Provisions

1. Imposition of Wine Tax

Subclause 3(1) imposes the tax that is payable under the wine tax law.(2) The tax is imposed under the name of wine equalisation tax (wine tax).(3)

Subclause 3(2) imposes Wine Tax only so far as it is a duty of excise within the meaning of section 55 of the Constitution . Please refer to the discussion in the Background section of the Bills Digest for the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition - General) Bill 1999 at paragraph 3, for further information in relation to this issue.

2. Rate

Clause 4 imposes the rate of the Wine Tax payable under the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999 at 29 per cent.

3. State Property

Clause 5 ensures that the legislation imposing Wine Tax does not apply to property of any kind belonging to a State.(4) The Territories are not included within the ambit of this section. Please refer to the discussion in the ‘Concluding Comments’ section of the Bills Digest for the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition - General) Bill 1999 at paragraph 1, for further information in relation to this topic.

Concluding Comments

Please refer to the 'Concluding Comments ' section of the Bills Digest for the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition-General) Bill 1999 for further information.

Endnotes

1.  Lumb & Moens, The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia , Annotated, Fifth Edition, Butterworths, 1995, p. 438.

2.   A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999

Wine tax law means:

(a) this Act; and

(b) any Act that imposes wine tax; and

(c) the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax and Luxury Car Tax Transition) Act 1999 so far as it relates to the Acts covered by paragraphs (a) and (b); and

(d) the Taxation Administration Act 1953 , so far as it relates to any Act covered by paragraphs (a) to (c), and

(e) any other Act, so far as it relates to any Act covered by paragraphs (a) to (d) (or to so much of that Act as is covered); and

(f) regulations under an Act, so far as they relate to any Act covered by paragraphs (a) to (e) (or such much of that Act as is covered).

3.  A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999

Wine tax means tax that is payable u nder the wine tax law and imposed as wine equalisation tax by any of these:

(a) the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition-General) Act 1999, or

(b) the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition-Customs) Act 1999, or

(c) the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax Imposition-Excise) Act 1999.

4.   Property of any kind belonging to a State has the same meaning as attributed to it by judicial interpretation in respect of section 114 of the Constitution. It is not actually defined in section 114.

Contact Officer

Lesley Lang

13 April 1999

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