The simplified guide to stamp duty in NSW

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Stamp duty can cost you thousands. Here's everything you need to know about stamp duty in NSW.

Stamp duty is a tax set by each Australian state or territory that is imposed on the purchase of assets including property. Essentially it covers the cost of changing the title of the property and ownership details.

If you own or are looking to buy property in NSW, find out how stamp duty works so you know what you’re up for.

Use our stamp duty calculator to estimate how much you may need to pay for a given transaction in NSW.

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How is stamp duty calculated?

Stamp duty is calculated on the total dutiable value of the property subject to the transaction.

The current rates and thresholds for NSW are outlined below:

Value of the property subject to the transactionRate of duty
$0 - $14,000$1.25 for every $100 or part of the value
$14,001 - $30,000$175 plus $1.50 for every $100 that the value exceeds $14,000
$30,001 - $80,000$415 plus $1.75 for every $10 that the value exceeds $30,000
$80,001 - $300,000$1,290 plus $3.50 for every $100 that the value exceeds $80,000
$300,001 - $1m$8,990 plus $4.50 for every $100 that the value exceeds $300,000
over $1m$40,490 plus $5.50 for every $100 that the value exceeds $1,000,000
Premium Property Duty: over $3m$150,490 plus $7.00 for every $100 that the value exceeds $3,000,000.

(Source: The NSW State Office of Revenue)

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Your stamp duty questions answered

  • Who pays stamp duty? In NSW, the purchaser of the property or the transferee is liable to pay stamp duty. The purchaser or transferee becomes liable when the sale or transfer takes place. However, if the sale or transfer is influenced by a written document, then the liability arises when the written document is executed.
  • When is stamp duty paid? Stamp duty becomes payable within three months from the date in which the liability arose. If the property is purchased off-the-plan, the stamp duty must be paid within three months from the date of the completion of the agreement or the assignment of the purchaser’s interest in the agreement.
  • Am I exempt from paying stamp duty? If you qualify for the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme under the FHOG, you may be eligible for a stamp duty exemption or concession. The scheme includes an exemption from stamp duty for new homes valued up to $650,000 and concessions on duty for new homes valued between $650,000 and $800,000. The First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme also provides a duty exemption on vacant land valued up to $350,000 and concessions for vacant land valued between $350,000 and $450,000.
  • Can I apply for a refund if the sale transfer is cancelled? If your sale transfer is rescinded, the transfer is no longer liable for duty. You can apply for a refund by completing the Application for Reassessment and Refund: Cancelled Agreements for the Sale or Transfer of Dutiable Property form which can be accessed on the NSW Office of State Revenue (OSR) website.
  • What other fees are associated with stamp duty? There are others fees that come with stamp duty including a transfer fee and a mortgage registration fee. For instance, if you purchased a property worth $450,000 in NSW (and you were not a first home buyer), you would be liable for approximately $15,740 in stamp duty. You would also need to pay a transfer fee of $219 and a mortgage registration fee of $109.50.
  • How do I pay stamp duty? The NSW Office of State Revenue accepts payment in person, via BPAY, Electronic Funds Transfer (ETF), mail or advance payment.

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    JamesOctober 17, 2017

    We are buying a unit off the plan and are downsizing which won’t b finished until July 2018 why do we have to pay stamp duty before that time is there any benefits for older people

    • Staff
      HaroldOctober 18, 2017Staff

      Hi James,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Generally, stamp duty becomes payable within three months from the date in which the liability arose. If the property is purchased off-the-plan, the stamp duty must be paid within three months from the date of the completion of the agreement or the assignment of the purchaser’s interest in the agreement.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    WayneOctober 13, 2017

    If I am purchasing residential property in NSW (not off the plan) when does Stamp Duty become payable? Is it 3 months after completion or 3 months after contract exchange?

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      JonathanOctober 13, 2017

      Hello Wayne,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      As per NSW Revenue page, duty must be paid within three months from the liability arising. This arises when the sale or transfer occurs.

      You can check the above link for further information.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    LorenLorenaOctober 13, 2017

    How long do I need to live in the property to have first time owner free stamp duty under $650.000?

    • Staff
      JhezelynOctober 14, 2017Staff

      Hi Loren,

      Thank you for your comment.

      One of the eligible criteria to qualify for First Home Owners Grant is to occupy the property as your principal place of residence within 12 months of the settlement and live in it continuously for at least six months. You may check our state-by-state guide to the First Home Owners Grant. You may also be eligible for a stamp duty exemption or concession if you qualify for the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme under the FHOG in NSW.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    DAugust 11, 2017

    Our house n land package we have buy of the plan on april2016
    But going to be completed in this September do we have to pay stamp duty

    • Staff
      ArnoldAugust 11, 2017Staff

      Hi D,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      If you qualify for the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme under the FHOG, you may be eligible for a stamp duty exemption or concession. The scheme includes an exemption from stamp duty for new homes valued up to $650,000 and concessions on duty for new homes valued between $650,000 and $800,000. The First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme also provides a duty exemption on vacant land valued up to $350,000 and concessions for vacant land valued between $350,000 and $450,000.

      If you want to know if you’re eligible for the FHOG, Please see our guide.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    JohnAugust 5, 2017

    Stamp duty on a home is expempt I herd if you move from the city to a regional area is this true

    • Staff
      ArnoldAugust 5, 2017Staff

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Policies may vary among different states. Please check out this government page for more info or Visit your State Revenue Office for further clarification.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    MairtinJuly 24, 2017

    I have an investment property in NSW in my name, part of which, I want to transfer to principal residence (My Wife and I). The investment property is back to back with our residence.
    Assuming the market value of the land to be transferred is $100,000: Is stamp duty applicable to the total value (100K) or half (50k)

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      JonathanAugust 3, 2017

      Hello Mairtin,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Duty is calculated on the total dutiable value of the property subject to the transaction. For more information, visit the calculating dutiable value page.

      If you are uncertain how to compute it, you can contact a tax accountant or OSR at Phone 1300 139 814* Email duties@osr.nsw.gov.au for further assistance.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    AnnJuly 1, 2017

    We are on DSP and thinking about selling up and using our collateral to buy a modest house to live in. We are struggling with a current mortgage and hope to be free from a loan. Will we need to pay Stamp Duty on a purchase of property under $160,000.00?

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      JonathanJuly 1, 2017

      Hi Ann!

      Are you in NSW state? From 1 July 2017, stamp duty concessions for first home buyers will apply both to new and established housing. First time buyers will be exempt from stamp duty for homes valued up to $650,000.

      You may want to refer to our guide here. Also, if you have other questions, you may refer to the local state revenue or property office for such matter.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    yves118May 15, 2017

    Do I need to pay GST for Stamp duty?

    • Staff
      AnndyMay 16, 2017Staff

      Hi Yves,

      Thanks for your question.

      You are not liable for goods and services tax (GST) when you sell your home. You also cannot claim GST credits on any costs associated with buying or selling it. This means, you cannot claim GST on stamp duty.

      Cheers,
      Annsy

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    BradMay 1, 2017

    I live in Victoria ive recently sold and planning to purchase a place in NSW . With stump duty in the state do you have to pay on the purchase as well as the sale of a property there? Thanks

    • Staff
      AnndyMay 3, 2017Staff

      Hi Brad,

      Thanks for your question.

      Stamp duty is a tax set by each Australian state or territory that is imposed on the purchase of assets including property.

      In NSW, the purchaser of the property or the transferee is liable to pay stamp duty. The purchaser or transferee becomes liable when the sale or transfer takes place.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    DaveMay 1, 2017

    Is the stamp duty on farming or rural land the same as for other real estate purchases?

    • Staff
      AnndyMay 2, 2017Staff

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks for your question.

      In NSW, the stamp duty on land depends on its intended purpose. NSW offers stamp duty exemptions for Primary production land. These are land that are dominantly intended for primary production. The exemption can be applied whether or not it is you that is undertaking the primary production activity.

      You may have to contact the Office of State Revenue in NSW if you need help in identifying how much stamp duty you should be paying.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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