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Small business capital gains tax concessions - would you pass the test?
Friday, 8th November, 2013, by Ana Cox
In today's Smart Tax Bulletin:
  • Requirements for accessing small business CGT concessions
Dear Reader,
One of the more positive aspects of owning a small business are the small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions, which can be accessed when selling a business or retiring.
The small business CGT concessions can provide significant tax relief when used correctly, but it's very important to make sure you meet the requirements before claiming them or you may be up for a significantly larger tax bill than you'd bargained for!
To make a claim a taxpayer must pass either the $2 million turnover test or the maximum net asset value (MNAV) test.
In today's edition of the Smart Tax Bulletin, our Editor-in-Chief, John Kelly, will take a look at a particular case in which one taxpayer didn't pass either test and paid the price for wrongly claiming small business CGT concessions.
Read on for more from John, to ensure something similar doesn't happen to you…
Have a great weekend!
Ana Cox
Ana Cox
Editor
Smart Tax Bulletin
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A word of warning about the small business capital gains tax concessions
By John Kelly
Editor-in-Chief, Smart Tax HandbookThe small business capital gains tax (CGT) concessions are a wonderful thing, allowing small business owners tax relief when selling their business or retiring. However, as one taxpayer recently found out, the law governing these concessions is complex and the devil is in the detail.
You can only access the small business CGT concessions if you satisfy either:




  • the $2 million turnover test; or
  • the maximum net asset value (MNAV) test, which means the maximum value of assets held by the taxpayer and any associated entity must not exceed $6 million (it was previously $5 million). 
In the case at hand, the taxpayer was entitled to a $6 million capital gain made by a trust and had claimed the small business CGT concessions in order to substantially reduce the amount of CGT payable.
However, the court found the taxpayer failed the MNAV test for the following reasons:
  • A loan was not able to be taken into account because it had been used to buy a home and was therefore excluded.
  • A second loan taken out to pay a distribution of capital (i.e. a distribution of the assets of the trust) to a beneficiary was not related to the CGT assets of the trust and was also excluded.
As a consequence of the two loans being excluded, the taxpayer failed the MNAV test and the small business CGT concessions were not available to him.
If you are getting close to retiring or wish to sell your business and use the proceeds to buy a new business, please seek tax advice as to whether you can access the small business CGT concessions before you make any decisions. As we can see from the example above, the impact of getting these rules wrong can be very costly.
Warm regards,
John Kelly
John Kelly
Editor-in-Chief
Smart Tax Handbook


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