Take a deep Breath! Knowing what to do with a lump sum of money, at what can be an emotional time, can be difficult. On one hand news of an inheritance is often welcome, but on the other we appreciate your dilemma. It is hard to know what to do with your new-found financial responsibilities. Pay off the mortgage, take the holiday of a lifetime, buy a new car… there are so many things you could do with the money, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
If on the other hand, you inherited the family home, the good news is there is no inheritance tax in Australia. But the bad news is there is Capital Gains Tax (CGT). You have to watch out for CGT if you are acquiring an asset as a result of a will. The most common assets are property and shares.
There are ways to avoid CGT. If for example, your mother was living in the family home up until her death and the home wasn’t used to produce an income, then you don’t have to pay CGT if you:
If you hold on to the property for more than two years, rent it out, and then sell it at a later date, CGT will apply to the difference between the purchase value and the sale price. So, if it was worth say $150,000 back in 1987 and you sell it for $500,000, then you will be liable for capital gains on 50% of the $350,000 nominal capital gain.
What you need to know
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