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GST and property paper


This paper provides a practical overview of a number of GST issues that commonly arise with property developments and presents case studies dealing with:

  • change of intention - what happens if you change your mind and decide to rent, rather than sell, a development (or vice versa)? Or if you decide to rent after purchasing a 'going concern'?
  • margin scheme - what are the implications of the recent amendments to the rules?
  • residential property vs commercial property - understanding the recent Toyama case and the amendments introduced to reverse Marana Holdings: is a supply of property now subject to GST or input-taxed?
  • retirement villages - are you making input taxed supplies of residential premises, GST-free supplies of accommodation, and/or taxable supplies of additional services? When are maintenance fees input taxed? Dealing with supplies to serviced apartments and supplies by charitable institutions.

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Michael Butler CTA
Michael is the Partner in charge of the Finlaysons Tax & Revenue Group. Michael advises domestic and foreign clients on federal, international and state tax matters, and has a special interest in corporate restructurings, cross-border investment, property, wine and mining taxation, trusts, and estate and succession planning. Michael is a past chair of The Tax Institute’s South Australia State Council and a regular contributor to Institute events. - Current at 22 September 2021
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