(1) This Division sets out how the Commissioner must treat the following kinds of amount:
(a) a payment the Commissioner receives in respect of a current or anticipated tax debt or tax debts of an entity;
(b) a credit (including an excess non-RBA credit) that an entity is entitled to under a taxation law;
(c) an RBA surplus of an entity.
(2) The Commissioner must treat each such amount using the method set out in section 8AAZLA or 8AAZLB (but not both).
Note: In either case, section 8AAZLC has some additional rules that apply to RBA surpluses and to certain excess non-RBA credits.
(3) However, the Commissioner does not have to treat an amount using either of those methods if doing so would require the Commissioner to apply the amount against a tax debt:
(a) that is due but not yet payable; or
(b) in respect of which the taxpayer has complied with an arrangement under section 255- 15 to pay the debt by instalments; or
(c) in respect of which the Commissioner has agreed to defer recovery under section 255- 5.
(4) Furthermore, the Commissioner does not have to treat an amount using either of those methods if:
(a) doing so would require the Commissioner to apply the amount against a tax debt; and
(b) the tax debt is a penalty that is due and payable under section 269-20 in Schedule 1 (penalties for directors of non-complying companies).