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GST and Residential contract

8/6/2018
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Just a reminder that GST is now a query of every Residential contract dated on & post 1/7/18. Not just the obvious ‘new land or new builds’, since ‘New Residential Premises’ under the Taxation administration act, may still be quite aged properties!“The term ‘new residential premises’ is defined in s 40-75 of the GST Act:Residential premises are new residential premises if they:a. have not previously been sold as residential premises and have not previously been the subject of a long-term lease; orb. have...

Purchaser’s obligation to pay an amount for GST on taxable supplies of certain real property

27/4/2018
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LCR 2018/D1Purchaser’s obligation to pay an amount for GST on taxable supplies of certain real property “Schedule 5 of Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Act 2018 (the Act) introduces provisions that require a purchaser of certain types of real property to make a payment to the Commissioner that represents the GST payable by the vendor. As a consequence, the purchaser then does not have a liability to the vendor for that amount.  Subject to certain exclusions a purchaser’s liability...

Changes to REIWA General Conditions in 2018

21/2/2018
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Some highlighted changes to the 2018 version of Joint Form of General Conditions (JFGC), might mean that you could see some differences to the 2011 JFGC. Please note, we are not lawyers and are merely relaying some discussions as generically covered in an industry forum. The biggest concern was the ‘Lawyers picnic’ referenced as clause 9.3, where opposing lawyers could argue just about any outcome they desired, for a breach of warranty. Service by email still needed to be ‘signed’...

Impact on property sales of $750,000 or more

23/6/2017
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On 1 July 2017, the proposed changes to the Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding (FRCGW) rate and threshold will take effect.These changes will apply to contracts entered into on, or after 1 July 2017 for real property disposals where the contract price is $750,000 and above.  The FRCGW tax rate will also change from the existing rate of 10% to 12.5%.  The existing $2 million threshold and 10% rate will still apply for any contracts entered into before 1 July 2017...

Foreign Investment change

9/6/2017
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New Charge for Foreign Owners for Empty Properties Foreign persons who apply for approval to purchase residential property after 9 May 2017 will face a new annual vacancy charge to be imposed if the property is not occupied for at least six months per year.The charge will be levied annually and will be equivalent to the purchase application fee imposed at the time the property was acquired by the foreign investor.Details of the new charge can be viewed HERE FIRB approval for sale of...