A Federal Budget with Paradox befitting a Pandemic

Gadens’ view of the Federal Budget 2020/21 The Government’s historic pandemic-era Budget is the most unashamedly pro-business budget in memory which also seeks to buttress employment from the headwinds of recession and technological change. In a seemingly counterintuitive outcome for a ‘pro-jobs’ strategy, the Budget’s tax depreciation policy change is poised to accelerate the inexorable […]

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Discretionary Trusts to be automatically deemed foreign trusts – Victoria and NSW

The Victorian State Revenue Office (SRO) has come out with an announcement that from 1 March 2020 it will no longer apply its practical approach in determining whether a discretionary trust is a foreign trust for stamp duty purposes. From 1 March 2020, any discretionary trust that does not specifically exclude foreign beneficiaries will automatically […]

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Stamp duty changes to hit residential developments in Victoria

The Victorian Government is proposing a sweeping reform of the “economic entitlement” provisions of the Victorian duties legislation. The result of the proposed changes would be to effectively bring to duty a common form of project funding and structuring used for residential developments in Victoria. Typically these transactions enable a residential developer to secure rights […]

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Death and taxes – one’s really going to hurt

As you will be aware, between February and May each year, the State Revenue Office issues land tax assessments for the calendar year to Victorian land owners (except where all landholding is exempt). The 2019 land tax assessment assesses landholdings owned by a land owner as at midnight on 31 December 2018. With property prices […]

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Are you ready for the GST withholding regime?

Changes to the payment of GST on new residential property are due to take effect from 1 July 2018.  The changes are an administrative measure which although not imposing a new tax, do have significant ramifications for property developers as it will impact the settlement process and cash flow. The changes apply to sales of […]

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Housing affordability policy initiatives create concerns and uncertainty for Victorian property investors and developers

Significant housing affordability policy initiatives were unveiled by the Victorian government over the weekend.  Whilst the announcements have focused on the impact of these initiatives on first home buyers and the efforts to tackle housing affordability for these buyers, the proposals contain cause for concern for Victorian property investors and developers.  A proposed stamp duty relief for […]

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Housing affordability policy initiatives create concerns and uncertainty for Victorian property investors and developers

Significant housing affordability policy initiatives were unveiled by the Victorian government over the weekend. Whilst the announcements have focused on the impact of these initiatives on first home buyers and the efforts to tackle housing affordability for these buyers, the proposals contain cause for concern for Victorian property investors and developers. A proposed stamp duty […]

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