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New GST withholding tax for new residential property – developers face cash flow and compliance issues

Publication date: 28 Nov 17 | Source: WEEKLY TAX BULLETIN

Issue: Issue 48, 17 Nov 2017

Pages: pp. 6-8


From 1 July 2018, purchasers of new residential premises and lots in residential subdivisions will generally be required to make a payment of 1/11th of the purchase price directly to the ATO at settlement. This could create cash flow and compliance issues for developers who need to start planning now in preparation for the new rules. 

This new GST withholding tax was originally announced in the 2017 budget, and is targeted at the problem of developers claiming GST credits throughout the construction phase and then failing to remit GST when the new premises and lots in residential subdivisions have been sold and settled.

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