From 1 January 2019 Foreign Buyers Duty applies, being additional duty imposed on certain transactions and acquisitions involving foreign persons or entities acquiring residential property in Western Australia. An additional duty of 7% is imposed on direct acquisitions (foreign transfer duty) and indirect acquisitions (foreign landholder duty) of residential property by foreign persons.
Foreign Buyers Duty will not apply to purchases of commercial, industrial or mixed used properties used primarily for commercial purposes.
An exemption from foreign transfer duty and foreign landholder duty for residential developments applies where certain conditions are met.
A Foreign Transfer Duty Declaration form is used to declare whether each purchaser or transferee is a foreign person. This form must be completed by each person acquiring an interest in any land in Western Australia.
The By Lawyers Purchase of Real Property (WA) guide has been updated as follows:
- Comprehensive commentary has been added on Foreign Buyers Duty.
- New forms added to the matter plan include Foreign Transfer Duty Declaration, Foreign Landholder Duty – Developer Exemptions and Foreign Transfer Duty – Developer Exemptions.
- The To Do List – Purchase of Real Property now includes an item on the obligation to complete a foreign transfer duty declaration form.
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