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New GST rules apply from 1 April 2023. These allow a GST registered business that purchases an asset, which is not acquired or used principally for business use, to choose to keep the asset out of the GST net rather than making regular apportionment adjustments.
If the business chooses to keep the asset out of the GST net, the business will not charge GST on the asset when it is eventually sold. This can be beneficial where the asset is likely to appreciate, which would ordinarily mean that more GST is payable on sale than was claimed on purchase.
For example, a registered person who uses part of their main home as a home office, or for business purposes, can now elect to keep the home out of the GST net such that the home will not be subject to GST on sale.
The election is only available if the following criteria are satisfied:
If a business does not satisfy the criteria, the asset will be in the GST net. This means that GST can be claimed on the purchase of the asset (if not zero-rated) and any improvements to the asset, and GST will be payable on the sale of the asset, (with the usual GST apportionment rules applying).
The new rules can also apply to existing assets in certain situations which would allow an existing asset to taken out of the GST net.
Where GST has been claimed on the purchase of an asset, but the asset was not acquired or used principally for business use, a GST registered business can opt into these new rules if:
GST can still be claimed on operational costs, to the extent that these costs are incurred to make taxable supplies.
There is also a window of opportunity for GST registered businesses who sold an asset between 30 August 2022 and 1 April 2023, which meets the above criteria, to apply to Inland Revenue to amend their GST return. This would involve making a retrospective election to take that asset out of the GST net and having the GST returned on the original purchase price (plus any improvements) rather than sale price. For property assets, this difference could be significant.
If you have sold an asset during this period which meets the criteria, get in touch with the Nexia Tax Team to see how you can benefit from these new GST rules.
Likewise, if you have an existing asset, or are looking to purchase a new asset that meets the criteria, get in touch with the Nexia Tax Team to see if you should keep the asset out of the GST net.
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