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GST & property development paper

Published on 18 Oct 08

Property developers face complex and changing GST rules and contentious scrutiny and approaches by the ATO. From small developers building a couple of units to larger complexes with many apartments, there are numerous GST issues to be addressed to ensure that any ATO audit activity is not a problem. With Australia's ageing population, an increase in the number of retirement villages has also created some GST traps. The key issues discussed in this paper are:

  • margin scheme overview including a look at rulings and cases
  • change of purpose rules when leasing residential property
  • GST complicating retirement village developments.

Author profile

Andrew Howe CTA
Andrew is a Director with Greenwoods & Freehills and is responsible for its national GST practice. Andrew is a longstanding member of The Tax Institute’s GST Subcommittee and actively involved in GST working groups at the Property Council of Australia, the Retirement Living Council and the Financial Services Council. - Current at 13 November 2014
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