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Bill Shorten

Minister for Financial Services & Superannuation

14 September 2010 - 1 July 2013

Media Release of 03/02/2011

NO.024

Simplifying Tax Law for Rental Affordability Scheme

Proposed changes to the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) tax law provisions will benefit participants in the scheme who provide low-cost rental accommodation.

The Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, today released for public comment the exposure draft legislation and explanatory material to amend provisions in the tax law that relate to the NRAS.

"The proposed legislation ensures that parties participating as part of a collective group can receive, tax free, the full amount of the NRAS incentive, as intended by the Government," Mr Shorten said.

The proposed amendments will:

  • Introduce the concept of an NRAS consortium, which will allow parties participating collectively in NRAS to access the NRAS tax offset, without having to meet the requirements of being a non‑entity joint venture (a narrower concept than NRAS consortium)
  • Recognise that certificates issued by the Housing Secretary under NRAS are issued to the approved participants
  • Ensure that the structure of an NRAS consortium does not prevent the ultimate investors in NRAS from receiving the NRAS tax offset
  • Ensure that certain payments and non‑cash benefits provided under NRAS indirectly, such as through an NRAS consortium, are non‑assessable, non‑exempt income.

"The proposed amendments provide certainty to parties participating collectively in NRAS as to their entitlements under the Scheme."

The Government values consultation and invites interested parties to view the exposure draft legislation and explanatory material. Copies of the exposure draft material can be obtained from the Treasury website (www.treasury.gov.au).

The closing date for submissions is 4 March 2011.

3 February 2011