Up to 30 June 2010, the registration fee payable to the Land and
Property Management Authority (previously the Land Titles Office)
for the transfer of a property in New South Wales - residential,
commercial or rural - irrespective of the purchase price was
After 30 June 2010 every purchaser of property in New South
Wales over $500,000 will, in addition to the registration fee of
$190, pay to the Land and Property Management Authority ad
valorem duty on the registration of a transfer under section
46 of the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW). Properties
purchased for less than $500,000 will still only be subject to the
flat registration fee of $190.
Ad valorem means "according to value". The
component is a two tier, sliding scale of cost. The duty is
calculated as follows:
For property purchases between $500,000 - $1million = 0.2% of
the purchase price + $190; and
For property purchases $1 million and over = $1,190 + 0.25% of
the purchase price over $1million.
As an example as from 1 July, 2010 a purchaser of real property
in New South Wales for $1.5 million will pay ad valorem duty to the
Land and Property Management Authority on the registration of the
transfer of $2,250, as well as stamp duty to the Office of State
Revenue of $68,000.
The Land and Property Management Authority duty is not payable
where the change in ownership is pursuant to deceased estates or
orders of the Court (such as orders relating to divorce, or
From the writer's perspective this additional duty will have
a negative effect on the property market. It will affect the bottom
line for investors and developers and will increase costs for the
average person purchasing their home.
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about your specific circumstances.
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