This paper considers whether interest is deductible where a taxpayer borrows funds and the funds are not used directly in deriving the taxpayer's gross income or not used directly in the taxpayer's business which is carried on for the purpose of deriving the taxpayer's gross income.
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Inland Revenue’s Tax Counsel Office (Public Advice and Guidance) develops and publishes public statements interpreting the tax laws.
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