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Clients selling property for $750K +

If you have clients selling property, they need to request clearance certificates early.

Last updated 23 June 2021

If your clients are thinking of selling a property with a market value of $750,000 or more, they must apply and be eligible for a clearance certificate.

When your clients sell property and don’t have a valid clearance certificate at or before settlement, the purchaser must withhold 12.5% of the purchase price. This is the foreign resident capital gains withholding (FRCGW) amount.

Clients selling properties can apply for the clearance certificate from us.

Affected properties include:

  • vacant land
  • buildings
  • residential and commercial property.

When to get a clearance certificate

Clients selling property should lodge their application for a clearance certificate as early as they can. Clearance certificates are current for 12 months and can be used for multiple sales.

Sellers must provide a certificate before settlement and it can take up to 28 days for processing.

When there isn’t a clearance certificate

Remember these things at settlement:

  • The purchaser must withhold the 12.5% of the purchase price and remit it to us (the seller will likely want to delay settlement until they have a certificate).
  • If it’s a new residential property that’s subject to GST at settlement, the purchaser must also withhold the GST amount and remit it to us with Form two, GST property settlement date confirmation.
  • The purchaser pays the sale price, minus any withheld amounts to the seller.

The two withholding obligations occur separately but operate together.

If the settlement date changes, you don’t need to resubmit Form one: GST property settlement withholding notification, just make sure the new settlement date is entered when lodging Form two.

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