Property Development and Construction

Maxim are the leading property development and construction specialists for the Canberra region and advise large builders and developers across Canberra and NSW.

Having assembled successful joint ventures to build and own our 2 business premises, we have firsthand understanding of the industry. Our strong relationships with our clients enable us to keep well informed on industry innovations, ensuring that we are constantly evolving, so that we can continue to provide the best practise approach. We pride ourselves on our relationships, and our ability to work as a team to secure our clients future. We can provide expertise and advise on transactions for:

  • Land Development
  • Residential development
  • Commercial and retail; and
  • Property investment


Our property specialist services include:

  • Project feasibility
  • Effective structuring and planning
  • Transaction based tax advice
  • Project Management
  • Company budgeting and capital management
  • Debt or equity raising

Maxim can provide advice in relation to the complex taxation issues specific to the property development industry as well as provide detailed advice in regards to other property industry specific issues such as revenue recognition, cashflow management and effective business structuring, just to name a few. We provide advice to clients on a number of issues including:

  • Corporate tax advisory and support
  • Property GST and stamp duty advice
  • Structuring joint venture projects
  • Taxation implications for trading stock
  • Capital gains tax advice
  • The use of development entities and development agreements within the project structure
  • Implications for using various methods to claim deductions for construction costs as incurred;
  • GST matters such as the application of the margin scheme and GST free supplies of farmland;
  • Fringe benefits tax advice
  • Pay as you go (PAYG) and employment taxes;
  • PAYG company tax obligations
  • Contractor reports

Our service approach draws from a depth of knowledge on property specific taxation matters. We like to provide a solution-based approach to explain complex issues in easy to understand language.

Where we feel that the level of complexity or risk warrants it, we leverage off our extensive network of lawyers to obtain counsel opinion to clarify the position taken. In these circumstances we may prefer to refer the matter directly to the taxing authority (i.e. the ATO) for an opinion (e.g. private ruling).