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QLD, Land Tax, where to notify?

Discussion in 'Accounting & Tax' started by Eric Wu, 13th Jan, 2016.

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  1. Eric Wu

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    How does this work. I read elsewhere that if you don't register they won't know and you'll end up paying penalties. I never registered yet I got a letter when the time came.
     
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    thanks Paul, will do it shortly
     
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    I did some conveyancing last year and the seller hadn't paid land tax for about 7 years. This had to be paid in one lump sum at settlement, which added up for a large amount. But the tax laws, or the ATO's interpretation, mean that this land tax was not claimable because land tax needs to be claimed in the year it is incurred, which is each year when it falls due.. Tax Tip 8: Forgotten land Tax

    So best to register and to make sure you pay yearly when required.
     
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  5. All land sales require a land tax clearance to permit transfer to the buyer so its fairly inevitable and the deduction problem with arrears is unfortunately common. Land tax is a charge over the land so they will just take it from sale proceeds (and any penalty). The OSR NSW limit the arrears to 4 years but can double the tax as a penalty.

    OSRs are getting better at detection but its not foolproof. Many buyers assume their lawyer or conveyancer registers them when title changes or that an automated system exists (like rates). Onus is solely on buyer to know about land tax amd register.
     
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    Um? I usually got this periodic mail from OSR mentioning their valuation of my QLD land. Does that mean I no longer need to register?
     
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    I spoke to another former broking client last year who I helped for finance for a trust purchase about 10 years ago. NSW property with corporate trustee. I mentioned land tax and he basically said "whats that". He hasn't registered and the OSR don't realise the company is acting as trustee so they are not issuing notices. The trust would owe about $32k - and his cashflow positive property is probably cashflow negative.
     
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    Yes but my question is how did they find me without registering while others have to register. I mean I'm glad I didn't have to do anything but in curious.
     
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    I wasn't answering your question here, just making an observation.

    They probably have a notice of sale at settlement which notifies them. Others may get away with it because of luck basically. I can't explain it.
     
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    Ok thanks. Anyway it's for the better. As you said, I'd lose the tax deductibility otherwise.
     
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    Just Spoken to OSR QLD, they have advised me that when the titles transferred to current owner, the OSR will automatically assess the land value of the overall holding and issuing notice if land tax needs to be paid. no actions need to be taken by new owners.

    OSR QLD really works differently from OSR NSW, in NSW owners have to notify OSR, while in QLD, just sit and waiting, they do the work. love QLD.
     
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    Thanks for reporting back. In that case how do they know a person is acting as trustee I wonder.
     
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    Does the OSR know?
     
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    We bought 2 properties in NSW in 2013 and didn't register with NSW OSR.

    Within 6 months of the purchase of the 2nd property we had a land tax bill from NSW OSR listing both properties, so they must also have some kind of system in place similar to QLD. Not saying they'd catch-all, but they found us (not that we were hiding).
     
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    In NSW there is the eNOS - electronic notice of sale. Which must be completed to settle. This, I think, notifies the OSR. But registration is still important because they may have the wrong address, or not show trusts etc.
     
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    If may not effect you if the value of the land is less than $350k, but if it is over you may not be getting charged the right land tax rate.
     
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