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Lawyer flags subdivision trap with downsizer contributions

House key, subdivision trap, Townsends Business and Corporate Lawyers
Miranda Brownlee
22 September 2017 — 1 minute read

SMSF trustees planning to make downsizer contributions have been warned that if a property has been subject to a partial sale in the 10 years preceding the sale, they may not be eligible.

Earlier this month, the government introduced a bill into Parliament that will allow people to make an additional non-concessional contribution of up to $300,000 into superannuation when they sell their home which they’ve held for at least 10 years.

Townsends Business and Corporate Lawyers special counsel Michael Hallinan said during the 10 years before the disposal of property, the same ownership interest must be held at all times.


“Consequently, the ownership interest must retain its identity for that the 10-year period,” Mr Hallinan explained.

Issues of identity can therefore arise where the original ownership interest has been subject to a partial sale, he said.

“Technically when you subdivide, you create a new title, so you may not satisfy the 10-year period,” he said.

“The other way this can happen is if you add more land to your existing title, which means you’re creating a new title and so you don’t have the same identity of title, which means you may not satisfy 10-year period.”


Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee


Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.

Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates. Miranda has also directed SMSF Adviser's print publication for several years. 

Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.

You can email Miranda on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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