When you buy a property in NSW, you may have to pay taxes and duties. We’ve set out some of the more common ones below, as well as our process for assessing them.
You can use the residential property buyer tool to find out the taxes and duties you may need to pay, as well as exemptions and grants that you are entitled to receive.
When you buy a property in NSW, you must complete a purchaser/transferee declaration.
If you’re buying with other people, everyone must complete their own declaration.
If the purchaser/transferee is a corporation, the declaration must be completed by an authorised officer.
You must also complete the declaration if a property is transferred to you.
Sign the declaration and have your signature witnessed. When you do, you agree to give any evidence to us on request. It's an offence to give false or misleading information.
An authorised witness includes:
Transfer duty is payable in NSW when you buy a home, including:
A transfer of business assets may also attract transfer duty.
You'll also pay transfer duty when you receive, or are gifted, a property without buying it.
Unlike the first home owner grant, the FHBAS applies to:
When you buy a property in NSW, you may also be eligible for home buyer grants or concessions.
Buying off-the-plan is when you enter into a contract or transfer to buy residential property, where the home is erected or developed before the contract or transfer is completed.
If you buy a home off-the-plan, which you intend to use as your main residence, you can defer your transfer duty liability for up to12 months after you sign the agreement, or until the property is completed or handed over, whichever comes first.
Land tax is calculated on the value of all the land you own, other than your main residence.
You’ll have to pay land tax if the unimproved value of all your land holdings is over a certain threshold, currently $629,000.
The unimproved value is essentially the value of the land, without any dwellings or other improvements.
Land tax is calculated annually, based on your holdings on 31 December, and is payable the following year.
For more information on transfer duties when buying a property, contact us.