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Sep 29 2009

Inheritance Tax in Australia

There are no death duties in Australia, as Australia has abolished inheritance taxes for anyone who died after 30 June 1979, although Queensland had earlier abolished that tax in 1977.

However, tax may be payable on certain ‘income’ or ‘capital transactions’ that occur as a consequence of a person’s death.

When you inherit an asset as a beneficiary of the estate of a person who died on or after 20 September 1985, you must keep special records.

You will not need to keep records of the deceased’s costs if: 

  • you inherited the house after 20 August 1996
  • the house was the deceased’s main residence just before they died, and
  • the house was not being used to produce income at the time of their death.

In these circumstances, you will be taken to have acquired the house at its market value at the date of death.

More information on this should be checked at this link:  Australian Tax Office

Further reading material on this subject:

A UK source of information in Australia quotes the following:

Inheritance Tax
There is no inheritance tax in Australia, but your estate may (see note 1) have to pay capital gains tax as if you had sold the property just before your death.

Wills
UK wills are recognised, but to avoid delays it is a good idea for non-residents to have a separate will in Australia, which states that it only applies to your Australian property.

http://money.uk.msn.com/guides/moving-abroad/article.aspx?cp-documentid=6264461

Note: 1: If the asset was acquired by the deceased person before 20 September 1985, you need to know the market value of the asset at the date of the person’s death and any relevant costs incurred by the executor or trustee. This is the amount that the asset is taken to have cost you.

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3 comments

  1. James Winsoar

    If only people wrote a will they could avoid paying so much inheritance tax legally!

  2. Bloke

    I Quote..

    Inheritance Tax
    There is no inheritance tax in Australia, but your estate may (see note 1) have to pay capital gains tax as if you had sold the property just before your death.

    Damn, I should have hung around a bit longer, and sold it just after my death.

  3. limeyl8e

    My brother lived in Australia for almost 50 years and died without a will. I am his sister and his only surviving relative. He owned a property that may be quite valuable and it will need to be sold as I do not want to live there. What taxes ( if any) will I have to pay in Australia? And will I be taxed in the USA? (I live in New Hampshire) Any help- would be greatly appreciated as I am already deep in debt having to travel to Australia (he lived in the outback) and pay for his funeral.

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