The State Taxation Acts Amendment Act 2019 received Royal Assent yesterday and introduces a number of changes to duties, land tax, payroll tax and land valuations, including those flagged in the 2019-20 Victorian Budget. The amendments, most of which apply from 1 July 2019, include:
Duties Act 2000
- Foreign purchaser additional duty rate increase from 7 per cent to 8 per cent.
- Land transfer duty concession for transfers of commercial and industrial properties in regional Victoria.
- Motor vehicle duty rate increases on passenger vehicles valued above $100,000, with concessions for ‘green’ and ‘primary producer’ passenger vehicles.
- An exemption from motor vehicle duty for service demonstrator vehicles.
- Corporate reconstruction duty provisions expanded and the exemption replaced with a concessional rate.
Land Tax Act 2005
- Principal place of residence land tax exemption for contiguous land limited to properties in regional Victoria (for 2020 land tax year).
- Absentee owner surcharge rate increase from 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent (for 2020 land tax year).
Payroll Tax Act 2007
- Exemption for wages paid to employees on maternity leave expanded to all types of parental leave.
- Wage threshold increases to $700,000 by 2022-23, with increases of $25,000 in both 2021-22 and 2022-23.
- Regional payroll tax rate to be progressively reduced to 1.2125 per cent from the 2020-21 to 2022-23 financial years. Definition of regional employer amended by removing the business location test.
Valuation of Land Act 1960
- Simplified methodology for determining the site value of buildings listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
Non-budget duties measures
Three non-budget duties measures commence today, 19 June 2019, relating to:
- The definition of a public unit trust scheme (for landholder acquisitions duty purposes).
- The duty treatment of economic entitlements.
- The duty treatment of fixtures of significant value.
Our website is being updated progressively to reflect the changes this Act has brought in.