ON 25 JULY 1963, the High Court of Australia delivered Norman v Federal Commissioner of Taxation  HCA 21; (1963) 109 CLR 9 (25 July 1963).
A husband had voluntarily assigned to his wife the right to company dividends and interest on a debt payable at will. The court held that the dividends and interest were future property not capable of being assigned for consideration and were therefore to be assessed as taxable income of the husband.
Assignment is “the immediate transfer of an existing proprietary right, vested or contingent, from the assignor to the assignee” per Windeyer J at 26.
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