Death-and-taxesThe Herald Sun claims "THE taxman is chasing Victorians to their graves". It goes on; "grieving relatives will be hit with a tax rise on death, with the cost of graves, cremations and crypts set to lift by 10 per cent."

 Victorian cemetery trusts were told on Friday that graves, cremation memorials and mausolea crypts will now attract GST, adding up to $1000 to the price of a standard headstone lawn grave.

Last year, the Australian Taxation Office made a ruling about tax on fees imposed by NSW councils, including cemeteries.

The Victorian Department of Health was then told by the ATO that previously GST-exempt cemetery fees would now be taxable, with the department seeking a private ruling in November.

The ATO ruled in December that interment provided by Class A cemeteries would now be taxable.

The minister ordered the department to object to that ruling and ordered it seek formal external legal advice from senior counsel to support that objection.

Larger cemeteries such as Cheltenham, Fawkner, Lilydale, Melbourne and Springvale are required to start collecting the new charge from February 12.


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