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SA land tax developments: Aggregation avalanche


The South Australian Marshall Government has committed itself to a significant, and what has proved to be controversial, reform of the state’s land tax regime. Proposed to commence from 1 July 2020, the new measures will, if passed by the South Australian Parliament, introduce sweeping aggregation changes that seek to group related companies for land tax purposes and aggregate based on each owner’s fractional interests in land. There will also be a shift towards imposing a surcharge on trust landowners in certain circumstances in common with some other states. This article considers the mechanics and planning issues associated with the proposed measures. It will be of relevance to advisers acting for landowners in South Australia
and groups considering acquiring land in South Australia.

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Peter Slegers CTA
Photo of author, Peter SLEGERS Peter heads Cowell Clarke's tax and revenue practice group. He advises and acts for a wide range of public and private companies as well as for the trustees of self managed superannuation funds. Peter’s areas of expertise include: income tax (as it impacts on business and high net worth clients); capital gains tax; goods and services tax; state taxes and superannuation law. Peter is regularly involved in advising SMSF trustees on issues associated with superannuation income streams. Peter is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the SMSF Professionals Association of Australia Ltd in addition to being a member of the Tax Institute’s South Australian State Council. - Current at 08 October 2019
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