The Government is seeking feedback from the public on the following possible policy framework.

The property tax would consist of a fixed amount plus a rate applied to the unimproved land value of an individual property, and not aggregate landholdings. This is broadly in line with the approach to council rates.

Buyers could choose to pay the property tax at the time of purchase. It would replace stamp duty and (where applicable) land tax. Once a property is subject to the property tax, subsequent owners must pay the property tax.

There will be no double taxation. If you have already paid stamp duty on your property then you will not have to pay the property tax.

Residential owner occupied and primary production properties would pay lower rates than investment properties, which in turn would pay lower rates than commercial properties.

Price thresholds would limit the number of properties initially eligible for transition to keep revenue and debt impacts within reasonable levels, while ensuring over 80 per cent of residential properties are eligible to opt-in from day one.

Protections would apply so that the property tax does not result in rent increases without a tenant’s agreement. Finally, a hardship scheme would recognise that taxpayers’ financial situations can change over time and ensure that no one facing hardship needs to sell their home to meet property tax liabilities.

In the short term, the proposed model will reduce the NSW Government’s revenue. Over the longer term, the property tax would be revenue neutral, collecting the same amount of revenue as stamp duty and land tax.

Existing stamp duty concessions for first home buyers could be replaced with a grant of up to $25,000.

Last updated: 17/11/2020