Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about changes to the first-home buyer duty concession and exemption, included in the State Taxation Acts Amendment Act 2017 which received Royal Assent on 27 June 2017.
1. What is it?
This is an exemption from land transfer duty (commonly known as stamp duty) for first-home buyers who buy a home with a dutiable value of $600,000 or less.
First-home buyers buying a home with a dutiable value from $600,001 to $750,000 will be entitled to a concessional rate of duty, calculated on a sliding scale.
In most cases, the dutiable value of a property is the price you pay for it minus any deductions (such as the off-the-plan concession). If the price you pay for the property is less than market value, the dutiable value will be the market value minus any deductions.
2. How does the concessional rate of duty work?
The concession applies on a sliding scale. The closer the dutiable value is to $600,001, the greater the concession.
This table gives you a guide on how the concession works.
|Examples of first-home buyer duty concession|
|Dutiable value||Normal duty||Duty after concession|
The first-home buyer exemption and concession are available for both established and new home purchases.
3. How do you qualify for the exemption/concession?
There are a number of criteria you or the property must satisfy:
The dutiable value for a property is generally the greater of its purchase price or market value minus any deductions (such as the off-the-plan concession).
The off-the-plan concession deducts the construction or refurbishment costs incurred after you sign the contract from the contract price.
4. When will this exemption/concession commence?
The first-home buyer duty exemption and phase-in concession is available for transfers resulting from contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2017.
If you enter into a contract before 1 July 2017 but settle after this date, you will not be eligible for the new first home buyer exemption or phase-in concession. You may, however, be eligible for the
existing first-home buyer duty reduction.
For further information please contact one of our consultants:
Darren Steele 0487 800 900
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