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ATO teams with insurance policies to identify artworks and collectibles

The ATO has begun working with insurance companies to assess artworks and collectibles owned by taxpayers and identify the owners of these kinds of assets.

There have been many instances where the tax office has identified ‘lifestyle assets’ that were not being properly accounted for. Since some assets may be subject to capital gains tax (CGT) on disposal, it is fundamental taxpayers are aware of properly accounting for their assets to avoid being hit with a CGT bill.

The ATO has advised taxpayers to be aware that:
– items purchased for more than $500 on or after September 20, 1985 are subject to CGT, even if they are kept for the personal use or enjoyment
– special CGT rules apply to items that form part of a deceased estate
– the date of an asset’s purchase or auction needs to be accounted for; not the asset’s settlement date

With changes looming for Australia’s SMSF landscape, it is of particular importance taxpayers understand how to account for any assets or collectibles their SMSF holds. The way collectible investment assets are dealt with when owned by an SMSF will be required to adhere to a new set of rules.

From July 1, 2016, the rules regarding any collectible and/or artwork owned by an SMSF include:


Posted on 12 April '16 by , under Tax.

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