property

Popular SMSF investment option may trip up some trustees

New residential property is a popular investment for many self-managed superannuation funds, however the ATO is concerned that not every SMSF trustee is fully aware that such an investment may bring with it unexpected GST obligations. It says that trustees who engage a representative when buying new residential property will need to complete a signed

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What your clients need to know about the First Home Super Saver scheme

The First Home Super Saver (FHSS) scheme was introduced in the Federal Budget 2017-18, with an aim to reduce pressure on housing affordability. The scheme allows eligible taxpayers to save money for their first home inside the superannuation system. The government says this concessionally taxed environment will help first home buyers save faster. Your eligible

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Rental property owners: Top 10 tips to avoid common tax mistakes

The ATO is reminding rental property owners that each year it sees some fairly common mistakes being made with tax claims made, and the outcomes that result, in regard to investment properties. It has therefore released a list of the top 10 stumbles, and how best to avoid them. 1. Apportioning expenses and income for

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New GST withholding regime for property buyers

  The payment of goods and services tax (GST) in respect of certain new residential property sales has recently been turned on its head! Commencing 1 July 2018, buyers of new residential premises (other than commercial residential premises or new residential premises created through substantial renovation) or subdivisions of potential residential land (by way of

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Deductions for vacant land to be wound back

  The government announced in May this year, as part of the 2018–19 federal budget, that it will decrease the scope of allowable deductions for expenses stemming from holding vacant land that is intended to be used for residential or commercial purposes. The measure will apply from 1 July 2019. (See page 42 of the

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GST and the sale of vacant land

  A frequent query from tax practitioners who contact Tax & Super Australia’s member-only helpline service is whether a sale of a vacant block of land would be subject to GST. In this worked example, we walk through a scenario where a taxpayer disposes of a vacant block of land on which residential property was

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Can an SMSF invest in property development?

The ATO has been sending some mixed messages about property development involving an SMSF, and has indicated that it is one of the issues on its radar for 2018. So is property development an allowable investment for an SMSF? The short answer yes, but be careful. A longer answer is be very careful — it

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