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Property and Taxes - subdivisions and developments

Whether it’s after being left a property, buying a new block of land, or realising that you’d be better off selling some of the acreage attached to your home, many people around Australia may at some point find themselves embarking on an exercise to leverage their real estate to its best advantage.  

Property and Taxes - managed investment trusts

Managed Investment Trusts are registered schemes established and managed by sophisticated Trustees holding an Australian Financial Services License. They enable investors to pool capital to collectively acquire large scale commercial, retail and industrial properties. Operations are typically limited to passive investment income (leasing). Entities are typically set up as up as unit trusts which provides investors with clearly defined rights to income and capital, yet retaining access to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) concessions.  

Grant Alert: NSW Research and Development Fund

Eligible businesses may access up to $1 million in funding under Investment New South Wales’ new Research and Development Fund in the government’s bid to stimulate the development of innovative products that directly address the impacts of COVID-19.

Grant Alert: COVID-19 TechVouchers

The New South Wales government's COVID-19 TechVoucher program provides support funding for technology-rich startups, scaleups, or small-medium enterprises to collaborate with Publicly Funded Research Organisations (PFRO) to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative R&D products and services that address ongoing disruptions.

Grant Alert: Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Collaboration Stream

The Australian Government is offering co-funded grants up to $200m to encourage business investment in major manufacturing projects. International investors, businesses and researchers are invited to partner with Australian organisations under the program.

Investing safely in Cryptocurrencies

Over the last six months we’ve seen an increasing popularity in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. This is due to varying factors such as the maturing of regulatory environments, companies moving their treasuries into Bitcoin and investment groups such as BlackRock looking towards the sector for investment. It is also often cited that the rise in popularity of these deflationary digital currencies is at least in part due to the unprecedented amount of quantitative easing occuring around the world. 

Should the Stamp Duty rules be reformed?

Stamp duty (or transfer duty) is a financial burden that may deter individuals and families from entering the property market and acts as a barrier to investment opportunities. It raises the issue of whether stamp duty is still appropriate in the modern economic landscape and calls for replacing stamp duty with a broad-based land tax are getting louder. This issue was considered by NSW Treasury in a recent report NSW Review of Federal Financial Relations -Supporting the road to recovery (the NSW Report).