• an individual who holds real property as the trustee of a trust (including a unit trust or self managed super fund) can qualify for the FHSS scheme;
• the eligibility of an individual who is a beneficiary of a trust depends on their particular rights as a beneficiary;
• before the transfer of a deceased person’s property, the beneficiary of the deceased estate can apply for a FHSS determination; and
• contributions that are ineligible for release include amounts contributed to superannuation as part of the CGT small business concessions.
Although the FHSS scheme is targeted at people who wish to buy or build their first home, others who do not satisfy the first home requirement may qualify for the scheme if they are suffering financial hardship. They will first need to apply to the ATO for a financial hardship determination.
The guidance note lists examples of the types of events the ATO will consider to determine whether the financial hardship requirement is met. These include employment loss, natural disaster, bankruptcy, illness, divorce and eligibility for early access to super. Crucially, the person needs to demonstrate a link between the event and the loss of the person’s property interest.
If you would like to know more please contact one of our accountants on 07 4639 1099 or come in and see us at 14 Russell Street Toowoomba.