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IRRUIP5
Issued
31 Jul 2002

Interest deductibility in certain arrangements

This paper deals with the issue of whether interest is deductible in certain arrangements where the principal on which interest is payable is not directly used in an income earning process or business. 

Related documents

This issues paper resulted in the following rulings:

BR Pub 07/04-BR Pub 07/09: Interest deductibility - Roberts and Smith - borrowing to replace and repay amounts invested in an income earning activity or business

These earlier rulings were replaced by: 

BR Pub 10/14-BR Pub 10/19: Interest deductibility - Roberts and Smith - Borrowing to replace and repay amounts invested in an income earning activity or business

These earlier rulings were replaced by: 

BR Pub 15/04-BR Pub 15/09: Income tax - interest deductibility - Roberts and Smith - borrowing to replace and repay amounts invested in a business or other income-earning activity

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