Absentee Land Tax and additional Duty for Foreign Acquirers


The rates for Stamp Duty and Land Tax in Queensland have recently been amended to provide additional charges for foreign and absentee land owners – do they apply to you?


Duty

An additional charge for Duty now applies at the rate of 3% of the GST inclusive transfer value where the acquirer is:

  1. A foreign individual,
  2. A foreign corporation, or
  3. A Trustee of a foreign Trust.

The definitions in the Act treat as foreign anyone who is not either an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia.  Importantly, a Trust is deemed to be a foreign Trust (Section 237 of the Duties Act) if at least 50% of the primary (often called residuary) beneficiaries in the Trust are foreign citizens / corporations.

Please note that the legislation allows a reviewing of this situation should it change at any time within 3 years of the date of acquisition (see Section 246A). [Read more…]

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