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What happens when the intended use of property changes?


Real estate has traditionally been an accessible and versatile investment for SMEs and high net worth individuals. Uncertain economic times resulting from the global pandemic has meant that investors and developers may have to rethink their property holdings, and transactions undertaken now may differ from the original intended use. Given the volume of information now available to the ATO and the increased focus on property transactions, it is more likely that tax positions taken will attract their attention and require explanation. This article explores common changes and the resulting tax consequences arising from a change of intention.

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Sian Sinclair CTA
Sian Sinclair, CTA is the National Industry Leader for Real Estate & Construction with Grant Thornton and is a Partner in the Tax group. Sian’s expertise draws on over 20 years’ experience in taxation, accounting and general business consulting. Advising clients from the start-up and growth phases of business through to those looking to realise their wealth via exit strategies, her input is focused and practical with real insight into the issues impacting businesses in the industry. With experience managing tax risk for large private groups, including advising on significant transactions and group consolidations, Sian oversees the compliance and planning needs of Australian and international business groups in the real estate and construction sector. - Current at 13 November 2018
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