What is Stamp Duty?

Apr 18, 2016
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Written by Jackie Olling

What is Stamp Duty?

Stamp duty (also known as transfer or general duty) is a tax on certain written documents (instruments) and transactions. Stamp duty varies from state and territory.

What transactions are applicable to Stamp Duty?

Some of the transactions which are taxed include:

  • motor vehicle registration and transfers
  • insurance policies
  • leases and mortgages
  • hire purchase agreements
  • transfers of property (such as businesses, real estate or certain shares).

Please note that this is a general non-exhaustive list.. As it is a state and territory tax the type of instruments and rate vary.

Concessions or Exemptions

There are certain concessions and exemptions applicable depending on the nature of the transaction. However for transfer of business, lease or sale of shares there are no concessions or exemptions which apply.

For more information about duties that apply to your business refer to:

  • ACT Revenue – Duties
  • NSW Office of State Revenue – Taxes and duties
  • NT Territory Revenue – Stamp Duty
  • QLD Office of State Revenue – Duties
  • RevenueSA – Stamp Duty
  • TAS State Revenue Office – Motor vehicle , Insurance and Property transfer duties.
  • VIC State Revenue Office – Land transfer duty
  • WA Office of State Revenue – Stamp Duty

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