Expat Chat Episode 55 – Moving Into A Investment Property As A Expat

Expat Chat Episode 55 – Moving Into A Investment Property As A Expat


Welcome to the fifty fifth episode of #Expatchat where we discuss the latest tax and financial issues affecting an #Australianexpat.

In today’s Expat Chat we talk about what an Australian expat needs to be aware of when moving into a investment property when returning back to Australia and the property has never been lived in before by that expat.

Many Australian expats have bought a property back in Australia as a investment with a view to moving into it when they return to Australia however what are the tax ramifications of doing this?

The tax laws applying to a investment property held by a Australian expat has changed a number of times since 2012 when the Australian government removed the eligibility of Australian expats to access 50% capital gains discount (CGT) on a property that has been held for longer than 12 months.

Discussion Points on Todays Podcast Episode


In this episode we run through the following topics:

  • Is an expat eligible for the 50% CGT discount?
  • How is the capital gains tax liability calculated?
  • Do I need to get a valuation done when I move into the property?
  • How does the pro-rata system work when calculating capital gains tax?
  • If I move back into the property as my principle place of residence does that reset my CGT liability?

Links that we discussed in this episode include:

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