Minister for Revenue and the Assistant Treasurer
27 January 2006 - 3 December 2007
IMPROVEMENTS TO PETROLEUM RESOURCE RENT TAX
The Government has announced three policy changes to the petroleum resource rent tax (PRRT), directed at lowering compliance costs for PRRT taxpayers and removing inconsistencies. The commencement date for these measures is 1 July 2008.
The first change introduces a functional currency rule into the PRRT, similar to the functional currency rule for income tax. This will allow oil and gas producers to elect to calculate their PRRT position in a foreign currency and is designed to reduce compliance costs for PRRT taxpayers.
The second change introduces a ‘look-back’ rule for exploration expenditure relating to production licences derived from exploration permits and retention leases. In particular, this measure will ensure that all exploration expenditure is deductible for PRRT purposes where a production licence is derived from a retention lease on or after 1 July 2008.
The third change refines the external petroleum provisions so they address the circumstance where two or more petroleum projects overlap with each other, removing an inconsistency in the PRRT. This will ensure that in all cases where a petroleum project processes petroleum sourced from another petroleum project for a tolling fee, the tolling fee received is treated as a PRRT receipt, and the expenses incurred to process the petroleum are treated as a PRRT deduction.
These changes build on the Government's track record of simplifying Australia's taxation system and will make it more internationally competitive.
The Government will undertake a consultation process in preparing legislation to implement these changes.
8 May 2007
(02) 6277 7580
(Minister for Industry, Tourism
(02) 6277 7360 – 0414 225 638
(Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer)