Changes to the Brightline test

June 14, 2024




The Brightline test, an essential element of property tax law, has been significantly updated. This test determines if profits from selling residential properties are taxable. Starting 1 July 2024, it will only apply if a property is sold within two years of purchase. This change suggests a softer stance on the tax implications of property sales, reflecting the government's response to changing real estate trends.

For property owners and prospective sellers, understanding these time frames is vital due to their link to potential tax obligations after a sale. Inland Revenue offers extensive guidance on its website, including clear instructions and examples, to help navigate the Brightline test's rules. These tools enable property owners to make well-informed decisions about their real estate transactions and tax duties.