Archive for April, 2011

ATO focus on property developers

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The Tax Office has issued an information sheet entitled “Tax avoidance on property sales – don’t risk it” which is directed at trying to keep property developers on the straight and narrow.

The information sheet says that property developers who try and avoid declaring tax on the sale of property are more likely than ever to be contacted by the ATO.

The ATO is matching information provided on Business Activity Statements and income tax returns with information from the Office of State Revenue and Land Titles Office to ensure property developers are correctly reporting GST and income tax (including CGT) on property sales.

In a recent case, a taxpayer was identified as a developer of subdivisions who purchased rural farmland and then subdivided it into residential lots. Through data matching, the ATO identified over 100 sales made by the taxpayer.

The taxpayer had not reported the property sales and was charged the highest penalty applicable – amounting to approximately $4.5 million.

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