Mobile home owners get tax relief
THE Australian Taxation Office has delivered an early Christmas present to mobile home owners by deciding to drop proposed changes to the way the GST is applied.
The ATO is withdrawing its draft ruling which sought to apply the full GST to many residents who live in moveable homes.
Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker made a submission to the ATO on the draft ruling and raised his concerns with the Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos.
"This is great news for the hundreds of North Coast residents who would have been impacted by this ATO ruling.
"I had serious concerns about the cost of living impact this would have had on people living in moveable estates. One of the main reasons people choose to reside long term in moveable home estates is because of the low cost of housing.
"I always believed that the moveable home should be considered as commercial residential premises and subject to the same GST rules as other long term accommodation."
Mr Hartsuyker said the ATO has clearly listened to the concerns which have been raised and the legal argument against their draft ruling.
"In their statement, the ATO acknowledges the arguments which were included in many of the submissions. Certainly the feedback I received from local residents enabled us to present the strongest possible case against the draft ruling.