Is GST Payable on a Residential Purchase if the Proposed Use is Commercial?

TRIn a recent full Federal Court decision, a New South Wales property developer purchased a single story house, intending to develop it into units for use other than for residential accommodation. At the time of settlement the home was occupied by a tenant. The developer adopted the view that the sale was a taxable supply because it was his intention to develop the land into commercial units and consequently claimed a tax credit from the ATO.

The ATO took a different view.

The GST legislation provides that the supply of property is not subject to GST if the premises are to be used predominantly for residential accommodation.… Read More