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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...

GST Withholding – buyer of newly constructed homes & new subdivision properties.

25/1/2018
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Makes me laugh that “the Federal Government will strengthen compliance” BY MAKING OTHER PEOPLE DO THEIR JOB!!!! Yet another coming tax trap for buyers of new properties. GST Withholding.From 1 July 2018, the Federal Government will strengthen compliance with the Goods & Service Tax (GST) law by requiring purchasers of newly constructed residential properties or new subdivisions to remit the GST directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as part of settlement. Under the current law (where the GST is included in...

Launch of Property Reporting Online service

18/10/2017
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New Commonwealth Government legislation came into effect on 1 July 2017 requiring more information to be provided to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) when ownership of a property changes. This applies to all buyers and sellers across Australia. The requirements are a COAG initiative to enable the ATO to develop consistent and comparable datasets in the national database, which will reduce tax error and increase tax compliance.   Every state and territory is implementing the data collection in accordance with individual...

Property withholding rules explained

17/7/2017
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Some quick facts you need to know: All contracts of sale signed on or after July 1st 2017 where the consideration value is greater than or equal to $750k require a Clearance Certificate issued by the ATO. Failure to obtain a Clearance Certificate will require the purchaser’s agent (Conveyancer) to retain 12.5% of the sale price at settlement and remit funds to the ATO on the day of or shortly after settlement. General interest charge may be imposed on amounts...

Proceeds payment directions by executors.

6/7/2017
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ExecutorsBy Mr Matthew Ellis – Director MGB Legal“Recently, the question has been raised about payments made to executors of deceased estates. More specifically, the question was raised about whether it is acceptable to make a payment of the proceeds of settlement directly to the executor, as opposed to an account in the name of the deceased’s estate. Obviously, you have to take your client’s instructions as to how to make payment of cheques, but there is some danger in allowing...

Tax Changes From 1 July 2017

15/6/2017
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Budget 2017 Update GST On New Residential Purchases From 1 July 2018 the Federal Government will require all purchasers of new residential premises (new builds) to remit the GST component previously provided by developers/builders directly to the ATO as part of the property settlement process.Little is known of the changes other than what has been recently posted on the ATO website HERE AIC National along with various key industry stakeholders are conferring with the ATO tomorrow via a teleconference.The AICWA is deeply concerned...