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     GST - Basics
Lessors cannot charge GST on rental income they receive from tenants of residential properties. The supply of the residential property by a lessor to a tenant is an input taxed supply. Input taxed supplies are not subject to GST. Residential lessors pay GST on some property expenses, such as insurance premiums and repairs and maintenance but cannot claim a refund of the GST included in the cost of these items. The lessor is treated as the final consumer who pays the GST.
The renting of commercial properties is a taxable supply. Commercial rents are subject to GST, and GST included in the expenses of commercial renting can be claimed back as an input tax credit.
So Where the lessor rents a residential property and commercial property the expenses and rents relating to residential property must be separately recorded. Only the rentals and expenses from commercial property rentals are recorded in the Business Activity Statement (BAS).
§ Where commercial property is rented for residential use, the rent is not subject to GST, and GST included in the expenses can not be claimed back as an input tax credit;
§ GST is payable on rents from a residential property rented for commercial use, and GST included in expenses relating to that property can be claimed back as an input tax credit.
§ Special provisions apply to caravan park owners and to the proprietors of certain classes of rooming houses.

It is notable that residential rents are free of GST, but residential lessors can't claim GST paid on expenses.
But doctors and dentists, whose fees are also GST free can claim back the GST paid on their expenses.
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FAQ Hot Issues

What does the Property Owner's Association of Victoria think about the 2014 state Budget ?
  • The 2004 State Budget has a few shockers in it.
  • LAND TAX IS THE WORST. This is because Valuations are done this year, and Land Tax will increase by 16.9% avg because of this year's valuations. That does not mean the properties go up by 8% p.a. It means that average Land Tax will rise by 16.9% in the next year compared to this year. Many owners may see 40% increases! Thats way beyond CPI, of 3 %. How are owners going to afford it? Work 80 hour weeks? What should we say to the media, apart from we have to put off doing repairs or hiring people, and are forced to sell? Most property owners are either low income or geared up, and working long hours already.
  • We are in support of more rail infrastructure in Melbourne so as to extend the range of "close inner-city" neighbourhoods, adding to the liveability of Melbourne.
  • POAVIC is very concerned about the lack of publication of credible argument for preferring the Liberal model with the Labor model as per this:
Map of proposed routes of cross-city rail tunnel
  • POAVIC is concerned about the total congestion of the northbound/southbound tramlines in Swanston street. and Elizabeth Street, Tram traffic is at an absolute crawl page during peak hours.
  • We consider allevation of this congestion should a major consideration in the design of cross-city train routes.
  • POAVIC is concerned about new train timetables which designate such close to city train stations as Toorak and Hawkstone as fly by (non-stop) for most trains during peak hours.
  • We agree that the Fishermans Bend region is ripe for housing. However its future development does not justify making adhoc change in railway planning at the immediate cost to regions such as (greater) Parkville which are already suffering through overloaded and inadequate tram services.
  • We believe that the most purposeful way of meeting the needs of future development of Fishermans Bend region would be by constructing a branch - or possibly a loop - to the light rail service to St Kilda.

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Property Owner's Association of Victoria think about Negative Gearing ?
  • Negative gearing does not affect House prices anywhere as much as Interest Rates.
  • That it is only a minor part of the issues confronting residential property lessors.
  • That it does not actually cost the Government much because most of the losses are incurred by low income investors, the actual tax reductions in many cases are almost zero.
  • But because of the exaggerated claims of realtors, if it was ended, a consequential shortage of rental housing would emerge within a short time frame.

What does the Property Owner's Association of Victoria think about Land Tax ?
  • It is a specialised levy that is applied to residential property investors, but not to farmers, and certain others for whom land is an essential component of their business. It is simply inequitable.
  • Land tax, because it totals up all the land owned (aggregate value), may more than treble the amounts of taxes payable on Council Rates,
  • Big organisations are strata-ing and leasing back, in order to survive, and now those organisations resist any changes to land tax
  • Because big organizations -- and various notional not-for-profit organizations have the means and processes to avoid or at least very greatly avoid paying Land Tax , only the small players pay it. Thus Land Tax is disproportionately penalising the small players.
  • If there are any large organisations left paying a lot of land tax, they are in the process of selling off too.
  • Industry, notably the Motor industry, is closing down at least in part because of our tax regime.
  • In the UK and NZ, aggregate land tax was abolished after their GST/VAT was created. In Australia the elimination of Land Tax was promised ahead of the establishment of our GST -- but this promise proved to be one of those non-core promises.

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     Notes on the Retail Leases Act
What is included in the RLA?
The Act covers far more than shops -- it covers any business that sells a good or service, so it can include all retail premises, most offices and some industrial.
Security Bonds/Deposits
These monies must be held in a specific interest bearing account and the interest needs to be partly distributed to the tenant. Statements need to clearly show the interest paid.
Land Tax is excluded
Land Tax is not recoverable under the Act and to attempt to do so is in fact now an offense.
Leases and Disclosure Statements
A draft lease and disclosure statement needs to be provided to a prospective tenant as soon as negotiations commence. This is a chore -- but keeping to the book avoids later problems.
Either budgeted itemised outgoings for both the year past and upcoming and copies of outgoings invoices are to be supplied to the tenant.
Lease periods under 5 years
If the lease term and the first option period are under 5 years you must request permission from the Small Business Commission.
Compliance Issues
Whether the paperwork required under the RLA is appropriate or ultimately workable is immaterial. This new regime is the law. Penalties are substantial and the mediation process is very time consuming. It is a lot easier to comply.
These notes are derived in part from remarks made by Mr Richard O'Callaghan Chairman of the C&I Chapter of the REIV.

     Combined Residential/Retail
The above is a pix of two typical suburban shop cum dwellings. It is possible for the owner to become embroiled in dealing with both the Residential Tenancy Tribunal and the Retail Tenancy Tribunal in dealing with such a property - despite leasing the combined shop and dwelling to a single occupier. The POAVIC aims to both inform members as to present issues and to make representaions on their behalf as to ways in which regulations etc can be improved and clarified.

Land tax relief doesn't soothe

Download this Jun 1 2006 article from the Herald-Sun.

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