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on two different types of cgt asset so this is all in step two of our six step approach to cgt as per your study guide let's start out with a quiz rosemary is an antiques dealer who purchased a painting for her business stock what would this asset be classified as would it be a personal use asset a collectible or neither in this case um the asset would neither be a personal use asset or a collectible because it's not a cgt asset it's trading stock um so we we don't have it within the cgt regime it will fall within under the under the ordinary income provisions um and so any income from the sale of that trading stock will be ordinary income under section 6-5 now we do have this provision within the within the legislation section 118-20 which basically says that if something is assessed outside the cgt regime any gain that you would otherwise make under the capital gains tax rules is reduced accordingly so what that effectively means is that the capital gains tax provisions are provisions of last resort you always apply other provisions before you apply cgt so cgt is just the the final mop up provision to assess anything that's left over so let's drill down a little bit into a definition of cgt assets that can be found in section 108-5 of the 1997 act this very broad definition so we're looking at property and rights such as lands and buildings shares or units options right to enforce contracts goodwill interest in partnership assets and also foreign currency but importantly not australian dollars now within this broader class of um cgt assets we've got two specific asset classes that you need to be aware of because there are specific rules that apply to these they're personal use assets and collectibles so section 108-20 defines personal use assets as assets held for personal use or enjoyment so we're talking about your boat caravan your jet ski your television those types of assets are personal use assets you can't include land and you can't include assets classified as collectibles and we'll go on to what collectibles are soon now we'll talk about cost base later in the webinar but just um be aware for now that the cost base of personal use assets excludes the third element which is all about ownership costs so that's a bit of a techie point just park that for now and we'll discuss those elements of cost based later now in relation to those special rules that apply to personal use assets you disregard any capital loss that you've received on a personal use asset so you can't utilize those capital losses against other capital gains also if you've got a capital gain on a personal use asset but its original cost was ten thousand dollars or less then you don't have to worry about that capital gain it's not included in your accessible income in terms of collectibles and us a collectible is an asset held for personal use and enjoyment that falls within a particular list in the legislation so we're talking about artwork jewelry antiques rare coins books and stamps again our cost base excludes those third element ownership costs and again we've got these special rules so they're slightly different from personal use assets you can utilize losses on collectibles but only against capital gains on collectibles so they're quarantined in addition if you've got a capital gain or a loss on a collectible where you originally acquired that collectible for 500 or less we don't have to worry about that that is excluded from the cgt so as always here at knowledge equity we end on this concept of mastery aim high cgt is quite a large proportion of your final exam so it's really worth your while to understand this topic in quite a lot of detail remember that cgt can be an enormous liability for all types of taxpayers whether you're an individual a trust a company any form of business structure you really do need to understand the cgt implications of various transactions so please do use the resources wisely you've got short videos you've got this webinar you've got your study guide you've got your quizzes utilize all those resources make sure you understand the examples and questions in your study guide so that you can really ace this particular module that's where we'll leave it thank you for listening and i will see you for the next webinar
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- Jesica Runyons, Staff Member
here's a great question from Korra he is a trademark and asset or an expense my name is Andre Minka from the founder of trademark factory and here's my answer to this question well it really depends on how you look at it it could be an expensive could be an investment it could be an asset it could be something completely worthless it really depends on what are you doing with that brand because a trademark is never a final goal it's a means to an end it's either you look at it as potentially an insurance against losing your own brand or being forced to rebrand or insurance against having to spend a lot of money trying to defend your brand against somebody else trying to copy it from you just with a registered trademark it's a lot easier and cheaper to enforce that so that's the insurance side of trademarks or it could be an asset if you decide to license franchise your business because nobody's ever gonna buy a franchise from you if you don't own the brand because the brand is really the most valuable part of that deal and really whether it's an expense well it is an expense you do spend something on it but I prefer to look at it as an investment because if you're not planning to do anything with your mark if you're not planning to build a brand around your business a brand that means something in brand that's worth something but it's not just an expense it's just a waste of money don't do that but if you are hoping to build a successful business if you are hoping to build something that matters you need a brand to go with that because that's what people are gonna find you that's how people are gonna find you that's what they're gonna remember about you and that's what's gonna generate that goodwill about you so then it's not an expense that it's an investment and you evaluate that investment as you evaluate any other investment based on the return it gives you right if you spend a couple thousand dollars to get your brand trademarked and then it becomes worth millions and millions and millions on it's a pretty good investment right if you look at the most valuable brand in the world today Amazon it's worth more than three hundred fifteen billion dollars three hundred billion dollars it's it's it's it's unfathomable number but if you try thinking about it three hundred fifteen billion dollars okay and let's say it cost them three thousand dollars through trade market back in 1995 when Jeff Bezos follow their first trade mark for amazon.com books like 20 years ago so let's say he grew 3000 to 300 billion i I can't even count how many percent it is so you know a thousand times that would be three million million times that would be three billion so a hundred million times is that is the Menai counting correctly I don't know how many percent is that that's pretty good return on investment if you can spend three thousand dollars and in the end of the day 20 years from now get an acid that's worth three hundred fifteen billion dollars I don't know any other investment that can give you that return trade marks can act almost like a lottery ticket right you spend just a little bit and sometimes you will wind up with something massively valuable oftentimes it will be somewhat valuable right even if you don't grow your business to be 300 billion dollars right if it's just 10 billion dollars so maybe $1,000,000 or maybe it's even six figures it's still worth it it's still worth it it's not an expense and if you start a business and the business doesn't pan out nobody wants to buy your products or your services or the brand that you came up with doesn't resonate with people then it's not really inexpensive just a waste but that's that's a part of what what it means to be an entrepreneur that's part of what it means to build a business some of them will work some of them won't it's your responsibility it's your risk as an entrepreneur and the only reason we do it is because there is a reward in front of us and treat your brand treat your trademark just as one of those investments you make in your business right so ask yourself it's hiring people who help you build your business is that an expense or an investment is I don't know renting an office renting a store building a website building your products everything about the business you can look at it as an expense you can look at it as an asset you can look at it as an investment and really the the only the only factor here is what are you hoping to get out of it if you're not hoping to get anything out of it it's waste it's an expense if you are doing it because you think it will give you an opportunity to build a stronger business then it's an investment some investments will work some will not but at least you have to have an intention for your brand and your trademark to have a return for you if you're serious about this if you have a brand that you want to protect go to trade my factory comm and book your free call with our strategy advisers and they'll be able to walk you through the process and see if you're the right fit to get started on our trade mocking offer and either way whether you use our services or not I hope this video answers your question and if it does like the video subscribe get notified of another the next one goes live and if you have a question for me that you want me to answer in a video just like this one post a comment below ask your question in your comment and I'll do my best to record a video and answer your question and until then I will see you in the next video
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- Jesica Runyons
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