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Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding Tax Changes from 1 July 2017

The Commonwealth Government recently announced changes to the foreign resident capital gains withholding (FRCGW) rate and threshold. The changes will apply to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2017:

  • for real estate property disposals where the contract price is $750,000 and above (currently $2 million); and
  • the FRCGW withholding tax rate will be 12.5% (currently 10%).

The existing threshold and rate will apply for any contracts that are entered into before 1 July 2017, even if they are not due to settle until after 1 July 2017.

By way of background, on 1 July 2016 the Commonwealth Government introduced a requirement that, if you are a purchaser of property for more than $2 million, you must withhold 10% of the Purchase Price and remit it to the Australian Tax Office, unless the vendor provides you with a clearance certificate or a variation certificate.

As a result of the recent amendment, from 1 July 2017 the regime reduces the contract price to $750,000 and the withhilding tax rate is 12.5%.

An exemption is available where the vendor is in financial distress as defined (eg. administration) but specific advice should be obtained in such cases.

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