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South Australian Stamp Duty Relief for Commercial Property Transactions

The State Government brought forward the stamp duty concession reductions. For all commercial property contracts signed after 7 December 2015 the stamp duty would be reduced by one third. Further reductions of one third will take effect on the 1 st July 2017 and 1 July 2018. Thereafter there will be no stamp duty on the transfer of eligible commercial property.

 

 

 

GST - The  going concern exemption.

 

Presently if you buy a business or an occupied commercial property, and both the vendor and purchaser agreed and were both registered, there would be no GST payable. This not only has  the cashflow advantage but also there is no (state) stamp duty levied on the GST.

Tax Facts - Australian Business Number

The Australian business number (ABN) is a single business identifier that allows businesses to deal with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and other government departments and agencies with one identifier.

An ABN is not compulsory and not everyone is entitled to an ABN. The following entities will need an ABN to comply with other tax obligations:

  • Businesses with GST turnover of $75,000 or more must register for GST and need an ABN to do this
  • Non-profit organisations with GST turnover of $150,000 or more must register for GST and need an ABN to do this
  • Entities seeking to be endorsed as a deductible gift recipient need an ABN to obtain that status
  • Charities seeking exemption from income tax need an ABN.
Other eligible entities may choose to register for an ABN:
  • Companies registered under the Corporations Law
  • Business entities carrying on an enterprise
  • Trustees of self-managed superannuation funds should obtain an ABN for the fund.
If an entity makes supplies of goods or services to a business, the supplier entity generally needs to quote an ABN. If the supplier does not quote an ABN, the payer may need to withhold tax from the payment.

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