When a property first becomes income producing the cost base is reset to the value at the date it becomes income producing.
Many people want to save a few hundred dollars by not ordering a valuation, but rather rely on a bank’s valuation. This could be potentially costing them thousands of dollars.
Ned moves out of his property and gets his broker to order a bank valuation which comes in at $475,000. Ned thinks this is a bit low and asks for another valuation, but the bank refuses and so he doesn’t really think about it any further.
Maude, Ned’s wife, orders a private valuation for tax purposes which comes in at $500,000. When the property is later sold for $600,000 there will be a difference in the cost base:
- 1st Valuation will make the gain to be $125,000
- 2nd valuation will make the gain to be $100,000Applying the 50% CGT discount these become: $62,500, or $50,000
Added on to their marginal tax rates of 39%: $24,375 in CGT or $19,500
Taking the time to order a second valuation has resulted in a tax saving of $4,875.
Not bad tax saving when the advice only cost $660!
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