Capital gains tax (CGT) is a tax that is paid on profits made from the sale of assets, such as businesses, property, and investments. CGT can be a significant burden on small businesses, but there are a number of special concessions available to help reduce or even eliminate those pesky gains. This comprehensive guide will
What is GST?
GST is a value added tax and is currently levied at 10%.
There are various carve outs whereby no GST is charged, that is, either:
- GST-free supplies – that is, no GST is charged but suppliers are still entitled to input tax credits on expenses incurred in making those supplies; or
- Input taxed supplies – that is, no GST is charged and suppliers are not entitled to input tax credits on expenses incurred in making those supplies.
The main GST-free supplies are:
- Certain food;
- Medical services;
- Certain education courses;
- Going concerns (that is, the supply of a discrete enterprise/business)
- Certain farmland
Input taxed supplies
The main input taxed supplies are:
- Residential rental premises; and
- Financial supplies.
GST and property
GST is a critical consideration for property developers.
Many property developers acquire land from unregistered (private) vendors. In these circumstances, the developer should be able to apply the margin scheme when it sells the end-product. Broadly, this means that instead of paying GST equal to 1/11th of the sale price, it is limited to 1/11th of the margin, which is generally the difference between the sale price and the acquisition cost of the land (as apportioned).
The margin scheme allows the value embedded in the land on acquisition to remain outside the GST net.
The margin scheme can make a considerable difference to the feasibility of a project and specific advice should be sought at feasibility stage, in fact, many lenders require formal advice that the margin scheme is available as part of their lending process.”
In the intricate world of taxation, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) stands as a remarkable reform that has revolutionized tax collection in many nations worldwide. Since its inception in various countries, including India, Canada, and Australia, GST has simplified tax structures, enhanced transparency, and fueled economic growth. In this in-depth exploration, we aim to
What Is the GST Margin Scheme? GST is levied on taxable supplies (including the supply of new residential remises). Ordinarily, GST is calculated on the total value of the supply, however, where the GST margin scheme applies, GST payable is calculated on the ‘margin’ rather than the total value of the supply which can lead