What records do you need to keep?



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  • You must keep records of every act, transaction, event or circumstance that can reasonably be expected to be relevant to working out whether you have made a capital gain or capital loss from a CGT event. It does not matter whether the CGT event has already happened or may happen in the future.
  • The records must be in English or be readily accessible or convertible to English.
  • The records must show:
    • the nature of the act, transaction, event or circumstance
    • the day when it happened
    • who did the act or who were the parties to the transaction
    • how the act, transaction, event or circumstance is relevant to working out the capital gain or loss.

The following are examples of records that you may need to keep:

  • receipts of purchase or transfer
  • details of interest on money you borrowed
  • records of agent's, accountant's, legal and advertising costs
  • receipts for insurance costs and land rates or taxes
  • any market valuations
  • receipts for the cost of maintenance, repairs or modifications
  • accounts showing brokerage on shares.
Last modified: 18 Sep 2009QC 18323