"Buyers can generally move into the property once settlement has taken place, unless the O̶ ̶&̶ ̶A̶ ̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶w̶i̶s̶e̶ ̶s̶p̶e̶c̶i̶f̶i̶e̶s̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶h̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶e̶l̶l̶e̶r̶’̶s̶ ̶r̶e̶s̶i̶d̶e̶n̶c̶e̶ Seller occupied as their 'principal place of residence' immediately prior to Settlement. If this is the case the seller may remain until noon on the day after settlement.
However, buyers sometimes reach agreement with the seller to move into the property earlier than the settlement date. Buyers who are considering taking possession of a property prior to settlement may be asked to sign a form which states that the buyer agrees to take the property ‘as is’, and a statement that the buyer makes their offer unconditional.
Consequently, the seller may not be required to fulfil any special conditions which have been inserted into the O & A.
Both the seller and the buyer should seek legal advice about the potential problems that could arise from prior possession and consider the risks carefully."
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; or
b. have been created through substantial renovations of a building; or
c. have been built, or contain a building that has been built, to replace demolished premises on the same land.”
The AICWA have created a ‘Seller’s Notice to Buyer’ seems to be more direct about if GST is applicable or not?
Either way this new ruling is not well known, nor tested so watch this space as it is likely to develop further as time goes on.
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.
The GST on property transactions measure has been introduced, as schedule 5 to the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Bill 2018.
The 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. The measure will require the purchaser of newly constructed residential properties of new subdivisions to remit the GST on the purchase price directly to the ATO as part of Settlement for contracts on or after July 1, 2018.
You can access the legislation as introduced along with the explanatory materials by following this link HERE.
Change to Western Australian Registrar and Commissioner of Titles’ Joint Practice: Verification of Identity and Authority – fraud mitigation
31 January 2018
As foreshadowed and as part of their fraud mitigation strategy, the Western Australian Commissioner of Titles and the Registrar of Titles have updated their Joint Practice for Verification of Identity and Authority (VOI Practice) for paper-based transactions. The updated VOI Practice more closely aligns to the requirements for national electronic transactions. The changes seek to improve the integrity of information in the Western Australian Land Titles Register, reduce the risk of fraud and improper dealings, and remove confusion for customers and agents operating in both electronic and paper environments.
The key changes to the VOI Practice will:
• extend the requirement for verification of identity to property buyers and caveators lodging and withdrawing caveats;
• update the categories of documents needed to support verification of identity;
• update the procedures for conducting verification of identity in a foreign country; and
• improve the procedures for self-represented parties.
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 the purchase price and the developer remits the GST to the ATO), some developers are failing to remit the GST to the ATO despite having claimed GST credits on their construction costs.
The measure will require the purchaser of newly constructed residential properties of new subdivisions to remit the GST on the purchase price directly to the ATO as part of Settlement for contracts on or after July 1, 2018.
Changing the business mindset from Boomer property consumer to Millennial property consumer, is here, Don't lose sleep, this article might be of assistance.
Conveyancers - are you meeting the needs of your Millennial clients? By Bek Hayes, CEO AICSA
One of the largest generations in history is about to move into its prime spending years. Millennials are poised to reshape the economy; their unique experiences will change the way we buy and sell, forcing companies to examine how they do business for decades to come.
What keeps you up at night? For me, one of my biggest concerns is the impact of the Millennial generation on the Baby Boomer formed Association. Running an Association, meeting Member expectations, keeping it relevant, alive, innovative is no easy task – although I love a good challenge and I definitely have one!
The ‘modern’ Association was set up by Boomers for Boomers – and they are a world away from the digital native Millennials. Taking the Association into the future means significant change and change away from the post-WW2 model we are so familiar and comfortable with. Technology has driven change; the millennial generation is the first to have grown up in an always on fully digital world. Their passion for technology shapes the way they live and shop. They live and work by their smart device – the world has shrunk as social media platforms have expanded.
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