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Stamp duty changes for first home buyers

26 July 2020

NSW Government announces transfer (stamp) duty changes for first home buyers

The NSW Government has today announced that the threshold above which transfer (stamp) duty is charged on new homes for first home buyers will increase from the current $650,000 to $800,000, with the concession reducing on higher values before phasing out at $1 million.

The transfer (stamp) duty threshold on vacant land will also rise from $350,000 to $400,000 and will phase out at $500,000.

The new transfer (stamp) duty threshold will be in place for 12 months and will apply to contracts executed from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021.

The changes are part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan and will support the property and construction industry, which employs one in four people in NSW and is essential to keeping jobs and investment in the state.

To be eligible for an exemption or reduction in the amount of duty payable you will need to be a first home buyer who purchases a new home or a vacant block of land on which you intend to build a new home.

For the full exemption to apply, the value of the new home must be no more than $800,000 and the value of a vacant block of residential land must be no more than $400,000.

A concessional rate of duty will apply to homes valued more than $800,000 but less than $1,000,000 and vacant block of land valued more than $400,000 and less than $500,000.

For more information, visit the NSW Treasury website.