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ATO Interpretative Decision

ATO ID 2003/248 (Withdrawn)

Income Tax
Capital gains tax: main residence exemption - adjacent land

Attention This ATO ID is withdrawn. Guidance on the basis of the decision in this ATO ID can be found in the Guide to capital gains tax (NAT 4151).
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Status of this decision: Decision withdrawn 21 July 2017.

CautionCAUTION: This is an edited and summarised record of a Tax Office decision. This record is not published as a form of advice. It is being made available for your inspection to meet FOI requirements, because it may be used by an officer in making another decision.

This ATOID provides you with the following level of protection:

If you reasonably apply this decision in good faith to your own circumstances (which are not materially different from those described in the decision), and the decision is later found to be incorrect you will not be liable to pay any penalty or interest. However, you will be required to pay any underpaid tax (or repay any over-claimed credit, grant or benefit), provided the time limits under the law allow it. If you do intend to apply this decision to your own circumstances, you will need to ensure that the relevant provisions referred to in the decision have not been amended or repealed. You may wish to obtain further advice from the Tax Office or from a professional adviser.


Is a capital gain or capital loss from a CGT event that happens to a block of land, just after the intentional demolition of a dwelling which was the owner's main residence, disregarded under Subdivision 118-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997)?


No. A capital gain or capital loss made from a CGT event that happens to a block of land just after the intentional demolition of a dwelling which was the owner's main residence is not disregarded under Subdivision 118-B of the ITAA 1997.


The taxpayer acquired a property (consisting of a house and land) after September 1985 and lived in the house as their main residence until just before it was intentionally demolished. At that time the taxpayer moved into rental accommodation.

Just after the house was demolished the taxpayer, whilst still living in the rental accommodation, disposed of the vacant block of land and made a capital gain. The taxpayer did not claim the main residence exemption for any other property during the time they owned the property. No part of the property was used for income producing purposes during the ownership period.

Reasons for Decision

A capital gain or capital loss an individual makes from a CGT event that happens to a dwelling is disregarded under section 118-110 of the ITAA 1997 if the dwelling was the taxpayer's main residence throughout the period it was owned.

The main residence exemption can apply to up to 2 hectares of land adjacent to a dwelling if the land was used primarily for private or domestic purposes in association with the dwelling: section 118-120 of the ITAA 1997.

However section 118-165 provides that the main residence exemption does not apply to a CGT event that happens in relation to land, to which the exemption can extend under section 118-120 if that CGT event does not also happen to the dwelling.

CGT event A1 happened when the block of land was sold, but this CGT event did not happen to the dwelling. CGT event C1 (about loss or destruction) had already happened to the dwelling when it was demolished. Therefore, section 118-165 applies to deny the taxpayer a main residence exemption on the capital gain made on the disposal of the land.

Note: there is an exception to section 118-165 of the ITAA 1997 in section 118-160 of the ITAA 1997 which applies where a dwelling is accidentally destroyed.

Date of decision: 15 November 2002

Year of income:Year ending 30 June 2003

Legislative References:
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
   Subdivision 118-B
   section 118-110
   section 118-120
   section 118-160
   section 118-165

Capital gains
CGT exemptions
Main residence

Siebel/TDMS Reference Number: 3353206; 1-B0LS0FE

Business Line: Small Business/Individual Taxpayers

Date of publication: 24 April 2003

ISSN: 1445-2782

ATO ID 2003/248 (Withdrawn) history   Top  
   Date   Version 
   15 November 2002   Original statement   
 You are here ®  21 July 2017   Withdrawn   


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