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Capital Gains Tax – which year?

       

Will you pay tax earlier than necessary?

The taxing point for a Capital Gain depends upon which event occurs.  The most common event is a simple 60-90 day contract for sale of a property.

Tax will be calculated (assuming main residence does not apply) on the relevant date, which will most often be exchange of contracts with taking of a deposit.

If that is before 30th June, it does not matter if settlement occurs in 90 days or even much longer.

Hence, contracts being negotiated in the final weeks before year-end would have better tax outcomes if exchanged after 1st July.

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