Tax Issues for Property Developers


A practical guide to the key income tax and GST issues facing property developers.

Property transactions are a key focus area for the ATO and are often the source of confusion amongst clients and their advisers. With land supply shortages and consequent increases in land values, many people with little to no experience of property development are venturing into land subdivision, improvement and building, often with a view to quick profit. Sadly, they often do so without considering the tax consequences or in the mistaken belief that all profits will be subject to CGT, with access to the 50% discount.

This session will look at the key income tax and GST factors that all prospective and current property developer clients need to be aware of including:
• What constitutes a property development?
• When is a transaction on capital account and when is it on revenue account?
• Applying the CGT rules where appropriate; ‘mere realisations’
• Taxation on revenue account; the different tax outcomes for a one-off profit making scheme compared to a property development business
• Structuring a property transaction to optimise the tax outcome
• When does a property developer need to register and account for GST?
• GST treatment of income and expenses
• Applying the GST margin scheme; when is it appropriate and what does it mean for developer and purchaser?

Webinar Learning Outcomes:
Attendees will gain an overview of the key issues facing clients who are either already developing properties or are considering locking in or enhancing the value of the land they hold. The practical and solutions-oriented approach will include worked examples and planning tips as well as highlighting the pitfalls to avoid.

Suited to:
Tax and accounting professionals and other business advisers who deal with current or prospective property developers and other clients with land holdings that the client wishes to exploit.

Presenter Bio: 
Since 2015, Mark Chapman has been Director of Tax Communications with H&R Block Australia. He writes regularly on tax issues for numerous media outlets and presents on topical tax topics at seminars and other events. He broadcasts frequently on radio and television and writes a regular column for Money Magazine and Yahoo7 Finance.  As a tax practitioner in the UK, he occupied a number of senior positions before moving to Australia in 2007 to join the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a senior director. Mark is also the author of Life and Taxes: A Look At Life Through Tax published by Wolters Kluwer, CCH Australia.

Mark has over 25 year’s experience as a tax professional in both the UK and Australia, specialising in tax for small business and individuals. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a fellow of CPA Australia and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He holds a Masters of Taxation Law with the University of New South Wales.

You will be provided with: 
• PowerPoint Presentation slide deck 
• Any Supporting Documentation 
• Webinar Recording to view multiple times for up to 6 months 
• An opportunity to ask questions to the presenter

Date of Original Broadcast

27 November 2019

  • Webinar Recording
    • PD hours: 1
    Stream this recording multiple times at your convenience.
    • $180.00 incl. GST

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