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Monday, 12 December 2011 13:46

VAT Relief coming for developers who rent out unsold property

Due to current harsh economic circumstances, many developers are struggling to sell the residential units in their developments. To rent these out is an option in order to generate funds, but VAT legislation considers this a change in use of the property, thereby triggering VAT liability in the hands of the developer.
SARS took note and proposed amendments to the VAT Act as follows: if

  • a developer rents out residential properties before their intended sale (that were constructed with the purpose of selling them in the normal course to the public); andthe 
  • property is subsequently temporarily let;

then such supply by the developer will be deemed not to be a VAT-able supply.

The amendments are set to come into effect soon, but will be temporary in that such exemption will only be granted until 2015. In addition, it is limited to rental of a maximum period of 36 months before any sale of the property.

Published in Property
Monday, 10 October 2011 14:02

When dealing with a sales transaction subject to VAT, it is important to obtain insight into the Seller’s VAT compliance background - the reason being that SARS is on a war path to put a stop to attempts by taxpayers to avoid paying VAT and/or transfer duty and personal tax. SARS has implemented measures to check a Seller’s compliance records to determine whether the Seller is guilty of not paying timeously, having outstanding payments or even not filing returns timeously. If any of the mentioned circumstances exist, SARS may require the Seller to take certain steps before issuing the transfer duty exemption, such as:

  • Resolve outstanding obligations; or
  • Provide security for VAT payments of current transaction; or
  • Instruct the transferring attorney to undertake to pay VAT directly to SARS from the proceeds of the sale within 5 days of registration.
Published in Property