Money received does not exceed the cost of repair or replacement



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If the amount of money you received is less than or equal to the expenditure you incurred to repair or replace the original asset, any capital gain is disregarded. The expenditure you include in the cost base of the asset when a later CGT event happens is reduced by the amount of the gain. Again, the capital gain is deferred.


Expenditure incurred is more than the money received

Gerard's business premises were destroyed by fire on 15 March 2000. He received $46,000 in compensation from his insurance company.

It cost him $57,000 to reconstruct the premises, $11,000 more than the amount of compensation he received.

Gerard made a capital gain of $2,000 because his cost base for the building was $44,000 at the time of the fire.





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As the compensation money does not exceed the repair expenditure, the capital gain is disregarded. However, the amount of expenditure that Gerard can include in the cost base of the repaired building is reduced by the amount of the capital gain ($2,000) to $55,000.

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