Do I have to pay GST when buying or selling a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16-Jun-2021 02:00:00

When working with clients who are either buying or selling businesses, we’re often asked: ‘Will I have to pay GST?’

The short answer, according to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), is:

No GST is payable on the sale of a going concern if certain conditions are met. (A ‘going concern’ is a business that is operating and making a profit.) However, as the seller, you may be able to claim input tax credits for GST you paid on expenses relating to the sale.

Of course, it’s never as simple as one paragraph when it comes to tax, so we’ve asked our business analyst Shirley Jin, who is also a CPA, to clarify those ‘certain conditions’ mentioned, and when you can and can’t claim input tax credits for GST paid on sale expenses.

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Topics: Buying a business, selling a business, taxation, GST, tax advice, goods and services tax

Capital gains tax when transferring a business to a family member

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 18-Nov-2020 02:00:00

The key CGT issue when transferring assets in a non-arm’s length transaction (i.e. the sale price may not be at fair market value) is the market value substitution rules.

These rules basically mean when you’re selling assets and the transfer is deemed to involve parties not acting on an arm’s length basis, then the CGT rules impose what would be a fair market value on the transaction.

[This information comes from our eBook: Capital Gains Tax 2.0 – Issues to consider when selling your business.]

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Topics: Family business, Capital gains tax, Succession planning, eBook, tax minimisation, taxation, business succession

Do I have to pay GST to buy or sell a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 04-Nov-2020 02:00:00

When working with clients who are either buying or selling businesses, we’re often asked: ‘Will I have to pay GST?’

The short answer, according to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), is:

No GST is payable on the sale of a going concern if certain conditions are met. (A ‘going concern’ is a business that is operating and making a profit.) However, as the seller, you may be able to claim input tax credits for GST you paid on expenses relating to the sale.

Of course, it’s never as simple as one paragraph when it comes to tax, so we’ve asked our business analyst Shirley Jin, who is also a CPA, to clarify those ‘certain conditions’ mentioned, and when you can and can’t claim input tax credits for GST paid on sale expenses.

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Topics: Buying a business, selling a business, taxation, GST, business sale, tax advice

Capital gains tax issues when transferring a business to a family member

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Feb-2020 02:00:00

The following information comes from our updated eBook: Capital Gains Tax 2.0 – Issues to consider when selling your business.

The key CGT issue when transferring assets in a non-arm’s length transaction (i.e. the sale price may not be at fair market value) is the market value substitution rules.

These rules basically mean when you’re selling assets and the transfer is deemed to involve parties not acting on an arm’s length basis, then the CGT rules impose what would be a fair market value on the transaction.

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Topics: Business transfer, Family business, Capital gains tax, eBook, taxation, business succession

Do I qualify for Small Business Capital Gains Tax Concessions?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 15-Jan-2020 02:00:00

Small Business Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Concessions can provide generous and attractive concessions for small business, and the structure of your sale transaction may impact whether or not you qualify for the concessions.

However, you must obtain advice from a CGT specialist to ensure the structure you choose is not deemed to be tax avoidance. Remember, tax minimisation is legal – tax avoidance is not.

The following blog is an excerpt from our updated CGT eBook, Capital Gains Tax 2.0 – Issues to consider when selling your business.

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Topics: Selling your business, Tax, Capital gains tax, selling a business, taxation, CGT

Do I have to pay GST when I buy or sell a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-Nov-2019 02:00:00

When working with clients who are either buying or selling businesses, we’re often asked: ‘Will I have to pay GST?’

The short answer, according to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), is:

No GST is payable on the sale of a going concern if certain conditions are met. (A ‘going concern’ is a business that is operating and making a profit.) However, as the seller, you may be able to claim input tax credits for GST you paid on expenses relating to the sale.

Of course, it’s never as simple as one paragraph when it comes to tax, so we’ve asked our business analyst Shirley Jin, who is also a CPA, to clarify those ‘certain conditions’ mentioned, and when you can and can’t claim input tax credits for GST paid on sale expenses.

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Topics: Buying a business, selling a business, taxation, GST, tax advice, goods and services tax

3 pieces of financial info to share when selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 31-Jul-2019 02:00:00

We are often engaged by business buyers to assist them in undertaking due diligence on target businesses.

In the early stages of that process I often come across vendors who have an accountant, business broker or other advisor who is very coy about sharing what I would call basic financial information on the business.

If you are seeking a purchaser’s genuine offer on your business – whether non-binding or binding – at a minimum, you should be prepared to share the following:

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Topics: Selling your business, selling a business, financials, taxation, sell a business, tax advice

 
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is general in nature and should not be taken as personal, professional advice. Readers should make their own inquiries and obtain independent, professional advice before making any decisions, taking any action or relying on any information in this blog. 
 
 

 

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