New research has found that the best way to boost property development tax credit is by encouraging the property developer to expand their operations in Australia, rather than simply re-opening up existing sites.
In a new report, researchers from the University of Queensland and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) examined the impact of the new property tax incentives introduced in 2016.
“Property developers are now allowed to make a range of changes to their development plans, and they’re allowed to apply for a wide range of tax credits,” Associate Professor Nick Dornan, from the UA’s Department of Law and Policy, said.
The research found that there was a positive impact on property developers, with an average of 5.5 per cent of all tax credit applications received.
But there were significant negative impacts, with a significant increase in the number of property developers claiming tax credits of between 8 per cent and 17 per cent.
Property developers will be able to apply to extend their development plan to include a property within their existing business premises.
This allows them to use the tax credits they received to pay off existing debts to the developer, and therefore reduce the risk of the development being deemed invalid.
If the developer does not re-open the existing property to the public, the tax credit would be applied to the property as a new property and not as a development.
It is important to note that these calculations are based on an average number of tax credit submissions, rather it is based on the number that are accepted and the impact that has on the amount of tax that is claimed.
To find out more about how the new tax incentives work, you can view the research here.
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