A good mortgage broker says, when you’re buying Australian property, the hidden costs can be a real stick in the mud – especially stamp duty.
For new investors or those buying interstate, stamp duty can slide under the radar and become a nasty surprise when it’s time to pay.
Stamp duty is a form of tax. It is applied to a number of transactions, including transfers of property, mortgages and motor vehicle registrations.
It can also be imposed on some insurance and gifts. The transaction is charged, with the amount based on the greater of the market value of the property or the price paid, including any GST. This means, the more expensive the property, the higher the stamp duty.
In real estate, the buyer pays the stamp duty.
Stamp duty rates vary because they are set by each state and territory governments rather than the federal government.
Figuring out the amount you have to pay can become confusing due to the different approaches by each state.
It’s also important to note that some states offer concessions to first-time buyers. Furthermore, that rates also vary for those buying land.
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A good mortgage broker mentions that just as the stamp duty rate varies from state to state, so does the timeframe in which people need to pay it.
ACT – payable within 28 days of settlement (purchasers must pay stamp duty within 14 days of receiving a Notice of Assessment from Access Canberra. Buyers will be sent this in an email sometime after Access Canberra has received the transfer instrument (written document). Buyers have 14 days after the date of settlement to lodge their transfer instrument with Access Canberra.)
NSW – payable within three months of settlement. When the purchase is made ‘off the plan,’ buyers must pay duty within three months of the completion of the agreement.
NT – generally payable within 60 days of entering into the transaction or at settlement, whichever is earlier.
QLD – payable within 30 days of settlement.
SA – payable on settlement day.
TAS – payable within three months of the transfer (which generally takes place on settlement day).
VIC – payable within 30 days of the property being transferred (which is usually the date of settlement).
WA – payable within two months of settlement.
If you fail to pay within the given timeframe, you will have to pay additional penalty rates and interest.
State governments offer stamp duty exemptions when property changes hands following a death or divorce, or is transferred between family members.
Most state governments also offer first home buyers either a complete exemption or a large concession.
For example, the New South Wales state government offers a full exemption to first home buyers on homes valued up to $650,000.
Meanwhile, Victoria offers a full exemption to first home buyers who purchase a new or established home worth up to $600,000, as long as they live in the property for at least 12 months, and stamp duty discounts to those who buy property valued between $600,000 and $750,000.
State governments generally accept payments online, via credit/debit card or bank transfer. Some also accept payment via cheque.
According to a good mortgage broker, stamp duty is invested into the economy by the state and territory governments which collect it.
This revenue is added into all state government budgets, which typically cover sectors such as health, transport and roads, police, justice and emergency services.
Just because the market can be difficult, does not mean it is impossible. With the help of grants, expert buyers’ agent knowledge and a well thought out plan, it can be possible to find a fantastic new property investment, or even a new family home.
At Nfinity Financials, our goal as a good mortgage broker is to help you navigate the process of buying and selling property with as little stress as possible. If you have any questions to ask your mortgage broker about stamp duty or any other aspect of your property transaction, please contact our friendly team at https://nfinityfinancials.com/ or call on 61-456-456-267.