Six-year rule

21 Jan 2011


Question: We’re planning to rent out our principal place of residence (PPOR) for a couple of years while we go travelling and then move back into it later. We then want to renovate and sell it. What are the applicable taxes in this situation? Can we still claim a capital gains tax (CGT) exemption?

Answer: Assuming that this property was your PPOR from the outset, you are entitled to move out and still nominate this property as your PPOR for up to six years before this property would be subject to CGT. Therefore in the case above, if you moved back into the property after a couple of years of travel and renovated and sold it, it would be exempt from CGT and any other taxes on sale. However, while you are renting the property, be aware that you may be subject to land tax each year, dependant on the state of jurisdiction.

David Naylor from Chan & Naylor

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