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Changes to taxation of special disability trusts
In the 2009-10 Federal Budget, the government announced changes to the taxation of special disability trusts extending the capital gains tax (CGT) main residence exemption to include a residence that is owned by the trustee of a special disability trust and used by the principal beneficiary as their main residence. The start date for the extension of the CGT main residence exemption was proposed to be effective from 1 July 2009.
In the 2011-12 Federal Budget, the government announced that it would backdate the start date for the CGT main residence exemption to apply for CGT events on and after 1 July 2006.
Further, the government also announced that:
- The definition of a special disability trust and principal beneficiary would be extended to include references to those entities in the Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986.
- A CGT exemption would apply for all CGT assets transferred into a special disability trust for no consideration.
- A CGT exemption would apply to the intended recipient of the principal beneficiary's main residence after their death, where the intended recipient's ownership interest ends within two years of the principal beneficiary's death. This exemption would apply provided that, at the time of the principal beneficiary's death the dwelling was the deceased's main residence, the dwelling was not used to produce assessable income and the trust was a special disability trust.
The start date for these announcements is effective from 1 July 2006.
Information about the government's 2011-12 budget announcement is included in the joint media release no 70by the Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation and Parliamentary Secretary for Disability and Carers.
Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 7) Act 2011 received royal assent on 29 November 2011 and the Explanatory Memorandum is available.
Taxpayers will need to review their positions for prior year returns lodged where amounts were included in assessable income as a capital gain, but which are exempt as a result of the changes in the law, or received incorrect assessments after the definition of a special disability trust and principal beneficiary was extended to those entities in the Veteran's Entitlement Act 1986.
Those taxpayers who received incorrect assessments as a result of the definition of a special disability trust and principal beneficiary being extended to those entities in the Veteran's Entitlement Act 1986 should seek amendments. Interest on overpayments will also be paid.
Those taxpayers who declared a capital gain that is now exempt under the changes should seek amendments. Interest on overpayment will also be paid.
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For more information regarding how to lodge 2010-11 returns for a special disability trust or principal beneficiaries of those trusts, refer to the businesses section within www.ato.gov.au
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