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10.2.1 Overview of Assets

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Assessable assets

All assets, other than those specified as disregarded, are counted when calculating the value of a person's assets.

Determining the value of an asset

Saleable assets are assessed at their net market value. The market value of an asset can only be reduced if there is an encumbrance or unsecured loan against it. A person's estimation of an asset's value is accepted if it is reasonable, however, a valuation is needed in some circumstances. If the asset is owned with another person, the assets value for the person is determined using their proportion of interest in the asset.    

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Determining the Value of an Asset

Section 10.2.2

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Assets that are to be disregarded when calculating assets value

Some assets are to be disregarded when calculating the value of a person's assets. Two main reasons for assets being disregarded are:

Assessing personal assets and investments

The nature of an asset governs the way it is assessed. Assets can range from personal effects and household contents, through investments of various kinds, to businesses, estates and superannuation products.    

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Assessing Personal Assets and Investments

Section 10.2.4

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An asset means any property, including property outside Australia.

The market value of an asset is the point at which a willing purchaser and a willing, but not anxious vendor, would reach agreement.

The market value of an asset is only decreased by the value of an encumbrance secured against it. The market value of an asset is not reduced by any costs which may be incurred if the asset was to be sold.

 

 

An asset means any property, including property outside Australia.