It is expected that Federal Parliament will deliver a “GST legislative parcel” after the current festive season, but in time for the new financial year. This note outlines the proposal for purchasers of certain properties to remit GST that is payable by their vendors. It highlights some matters for consideration when purchasing/selling relevant land.
This article complements the note on the GST withholding obligation contained in this month’s newsletter. It briefly reminds readers about the basic nature of ‘new residential premises’ and then looks at the less frequently encountered concept of ‘potential residential land’.
The ATO has provided a reminder regarding when an adult and community education course may not attract GST-free status.
Certain entities such as charities and DGR’s that run fund-raising events can choose to treat the event as input taxed for GST purposes. This article explores whether this choice is available to entities that operate a DGR fund, but are not themselves a charity or DGR entity.
A recent Administrative Appeals Tribunal had to consider how GST applies where the parties to a sale contract had agreed to treat the supply as a ‘going concern’ but if the purchaser was subject to Div. 135 of the GST Act, the margin scheme was to apply to the sale.
A council recently sold an almost vacant block of land, containing small amounts of infrastructure requiring demolishing by the purchaser, after which the land will be suitable for residential development – does this sale satisfy the requirements of a taxable supply?