Sympli - New e-Settlement Platform on the horizon
InfoTrack and the ASX Limited have announced the establishment of Sympli, an alternative electronic settlement platform.
The new platform is expected to roll out later this year once it has received regulatory approval.
For further information see:
Today's press release
AICWA has received an urgent request from our colleagues at SAIG Perth.
If you have a settlement tomorrow please arrange to bring a VOI Statement for the Transferee/s.
SAIG will take every step to ensure that documents from tomorrow’s settlements are lodged tomorrow. However there may be some situations where this is not possible. Unfortunately Landgate advised that Transfers dated prior to 5th June but lodged after 1st June WILL NOT be accepted without a VOI Statement for transferee/purchaser.
Source:31st May 2018 AICWA e-Newsletter
Furthermore a representative from Landgate has advised
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On or after 1 July 2018, certain purchasers of new residential premises or potential residential land will be required to withhold an amount from the price of the supply for payment to us.
Note: When we refer to purchasers we are also referring to lessees under long-term leases.
The withholding amount is due on or before the day that consideration for the supply (other than a deposit) is first provided. If the contract is an instalment contract that will be the day the first instalment is paid otherwise it will be the day of settlement.
Suppliers will be required to assist their purchasers to comply by notifying them whether or not they have a withholding obligation on supplies of certain kinds of residential premises and potential residential land. Where there is a withholding obligation, the supplier must notify the purchaser of the amount they must withhold, when they must pay it to us, and of certain other particulars.
The amount a purchaser must withhold and pay to us is generally either:
1/11th of the contract price (for fully taxable supplies)
7% of the contract price (for margin scheme supplies), or
10% of GST exclusive market value of the supply (for supplies between associates for consideration less than GST inclusive market value).
Purchasers do not need to register for GST just because they have a withholding requirement.
Transitional arrangements apply to contracts entered into before 1 July 2018.
Find out about:
Transitional arrangements for property contracts entered into before 1 July 2018
How the measure will work from 1 July 2018
When the contract doesn’t settle
No additional payment on top of the agreed purchase price
Information for suppliers and their representatives
Information for purchasers and their representatives
Video: GST withholding for certain taxable sales of property (External Link)
ATO podcast – Tax inVoice – Episode 4 – GST at settlement
GST at settlement webinar (External Link)
Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra
The GST withholding obligation was announced in the May 2017 Federal Budget.
It is directed at non-compliance by property suppliers who sell properties for a price that includes the GST but who avoid remitting the GST by dissolving their businesses before their next BAS lodgment. This is a form of phoenixing.
Thanks to the R.E.I.W.A. in depth analysis...
‘Business as usual’ budget fails to reinvigorate property market.
REIWA welcomes the WA Government’s decision not to increase property taxes, but is disappointed in the distinct lack of leadership on display in the 2018-19 State Budget, with no new initiatives included to address housing affordability or reinvigorate the property sector.
REIWA President Hayden Groves said while it was pleasing there were no increases to property taxes, this year’s budget was a mundane budget for the property market.
Information for settlement agents
Source: 10/5/2018 Department of Finance website HERE
“The formal billing schedule for land tax assessments is generally between October and December each year. As such, a 'Certificate of Land Tax Charges' issued prior to an assessment will always be an estimate.
Consider whether any exemptions may apply to the property being sold.
Single ownership rate of land tax
A 'Certificate of Land Tax Charges' will include both the proportionate land tax and the single ownership figure. If you are a managing agent, the latter can also be obtained by inserting the unimproved valuation of the land and the appropriate assessment year into the land tax calculator.
If a 'Certificate of Land Tax Charges' is issued for a property with a memorial registered under section 76 of the Taxation Administration Act 2003, please contact the Recovery Branch to obtain important information.”
Source: 10th May 2018 AICWA e-Newsletter
Changes to VOI
As reported in Landgate CIB 305, 31 January HERE
“Change to Registrar and Commissioner of Titles’ Joint Practice: Verification of Identity and Authority – fraud mitigation” will see ensure the “updated VOI Practice more closely aligns to the requirements for national electronic transactions.”
For the most part there are very few changes in the 2018 Federal Budget targeting the property industry. Some interesting points of note include:
Since Boundary changes are possibly even more real near the coast.
There may be some bargains to be had.
Inform and educate yourself on the risks and weigh up your options.
Have a plan and engage a property professional within time.
AICWA has made its submission to ARNECC in response to Draft Version 5 of the Model Operating Requirements and Model Participation Rules. AICWA’s submission can be viewed in its entirety HERE
AICWA is pleased to note that its long held position relating to a lack of consumer pricing protection, as well as support for competition through interoperability have been addressed in the draft version 5 of the MOR, however, we wish to highlight to members our concerns regarding proposed rule “5.6 Separation”.
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