Developers warned about GST trap on unsold units

Original article by Duncan Hughes
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 37 : 15-May-18

Tax adviser Ken Fehily has urged property developers who rent out newly-completed apartments because they are struggling to sell them to be mindful of their goods and services tax liabilities. He says developers in this situation could be triggering GST liabilities without being aware of it, and that they will certainly have to pay the full GST when they eventually sell the apartment. Capital Economics expects Melbourne apartment prices to fall by nine per cent in 2018, while Sydney apartment prices are tipped to decline by four per cent.

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CAPITAL ECONOMICS LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, FEHILY ADVISORY

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