If you rent out your home CGT may apply

Many of us think that we don’t have to worry about paying capital gains tax on the family home and, generally, that’s true but if you have used your home to produce income that may go out the window.

So if you have rented out your home or even part of it through the sharing economy, for example Airbnb or Stayz, or if you are running a business from home, then capital gains tax may apply.

The ATO says it’s a good idea to get your home valued when you first start using it for rental or business as you’ll need to know this value later when you sell it.

You also need to keep records of the income-producing period and the portion of the property used to produce income to calculate your capital gain.

Effie Zahos

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