Small Business CGT Concessions (Part 4)

By Bjorn Kirberg

Once all of the conditions have been met, discussed in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 (see our previous newsletters), it is time to get to fun part – utilising the concessions.

These exemptions are as follows:

1) 15 Year Exemption

Provided conditions are met, full exemption of capital gain up to CGT cap ($1.615m for 2021-22).

Business must have been owned continuously for at least 15 years, significant individual is retiring and at least 55 years of age.

This is by far the most difficult exemption to pass.

Amount can be contributed to superannuation if choice is made.

2) 50% Active Asset Reduction

Capital gain reduced by 50%.  Can be used in addition to the general CGT discount making the discount effectively 75% (except companies).

This exemption is available to all entity types, however companies and unit trusts may not necessarily want to use this concession.

3) Small Business Retirement Exemption

Can disregard a capital gain up to a lifetime limit of $500,000 per significant individual.

If under 55, must contribute amount to a superannuation fund.  If 55 or over, no need to contribute to a superannuation fund however can voluntarily.

Despite the name, you do not actually need to retire.

Correct elections and timing is important.

4) Small Business Rollover

Allows deferral of capital gain by rolling over the gain to a replacement active asset.

Limitation of what replacement assets can be purchased.

Time limit of 2 years to purchase a replacement asset.


This 4-part series is only a snapshot of the Small Business CGT Concessions.

The rules are complex and a detailed review of each scenario is required. The ATO have advised that this is an area that they will keep focusing on, even years after the concessions have been claimed.

The information in this blog is intended only to provide a general overview and has not been prepared with a view to any particular situation or set of circumstances. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute advice. While we attempt to ensure the information is current and accurate we do not guarantee its currency and accuracy. You should seek professional advice before acting or relying on any of the information in this blog as it may not be appropriate for your individual circumstances.

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