March 2012 Newsletter
Wrong property valuations can be costly
A few cases recently before the courts have centred on the issue of property valuations. If a valuation of a property is not above board, the ramifications could include a larger tax bill. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has recently highlighted what it believes to be recurring issues concerning valuations of property in relation to the application of the GST margin scheme provisions. Often, when certain elements of a valuation are outside an acceptable range, the ATO says the ultimate valuation is higher than it should be resulting in a lower margin and less GST payable. One common area of contention is the use of purported comparable sales figures in making a valuation. The ATO has warned that comparable sales must withstand objective scrutiny of their comparability.