Review of the GST at settlement measure
Now that the GST measure has been operating for 6 weeks the ATO have put together a Process Review Document HERE
ATO invite interested parties to be part of a Webinar: GST at settlement – Process guidance and common questions - Thursday 6 September 2-3pm
This webinar will focus on the GST at settlement process for purchasers and suppliers. We will also cover some of the issues we have identified with forms received so far and the queries received from industry since the measure has come into effect. Register HERE.
ATO have experienced some issues with despatching the three automated emails for the GST measure. This has resulted in some delays in these emails being issued. If you have any queries relating to your transaction please contact us on 13 28 66 (fast code 3, 4)
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 state legislation. In Western Australia this initiative has been led by Landgate, supported by the Office of State Revenue.
Section 43A of the Land Tax Assessment Act 2002 provides a concession for the amount of land tax payable on subdivided lots owned at 30 June each year.
This concession allows subdividers to pay land tax and metropolitan region improvement tax on the lower undeveloped or englobo value of land holdings, rather than the full subdivided value of lots, for one year after the creation of the lots.
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 new apartments limited to 50%
Developers selling under a New Dwelling Exemption Certificate issued by FIRB will now
Developers take heed. Update to changes to the Sale of Land Act- means some extra protection for buyers, where property is not yet owned by the developer.
Update to e-Bulletin Issue #66
On 3 April 2017, the Sale of Land Amendment Act 2016 (the Act) came into effect in Western Australia. The legislation introduces greater protections for consumers when signing sales contracts for land that is not yet owned by the developer.
With autumn here, now is the perfect time to make improvements around your home, and get your property in tiptop shape for winter. Here are some ideas for the to-do list.
Whether you're buying a property to invest in or call home, it's a good idea to look at emerging property trends, to support your purchasing decision.
When a potential investor or buyer hears the term “mortgagee sale” or “repossession” you can often see the dollar signs in their eyes. There is a common view that mortgagee sales come with a lower than market value price. This can be correct in some cases, however thorough due diligence should be conducted before purchasing this type of property. Below we will look into the usual process in WA for mortgagee sales, as well as the pros and cons of purchasing a mortgagee in possession property.
How do mortgagee sales work?
Spring time sees more property settlements and transactions across Australia than any other season, according to leading conveyancing technology experts GlobalX.
GlobalX CEO Peter Maloney said from September to November the grass is greener, gardens are in full bloom and the weather is comfortably warm, making for optimal house selling conditions.
Mr Maloney said spring sales were often driven by the desire for a new beginning, with individuals, couples and families preferring to move before the end of the year.
“Buyers who have children prefer to get settled ahead of the new school year, and a spring sale means relocation can take place near or over the holiday period, allowing ample time for unpacking,” Mr Maloney said.
Leaks can be extremely wasteful and costly. Regularly checking taps, pipes and fittings around your property could save precious water and precious money!
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