First Home owner
- First Home New Home scheme ended 30 June 2017 and was replaced by First Home Buyers Assistance scheme. From 1 July 2017 first home buyers of new OR existing homes to the value of $650,000 will pay no duty. Concessions are available between $650,000 and $800,000. There is no change to the caps for vacant land which are exemption to $350,000 and concession from $350,000 – $450,000.
- First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) scheme property caps are amended from 1 July 2017. The cap for purchasing a new home is $600,000, or $750,000 for the house and land when building a new home under a home building contract or by an owner builder.
Shared Equity Scheme.
A person may purchase a property with an approved equity partner. Subject to eligibility the home buyer may apply for first home buyers assistance and grants. Subsequent transfers from the equity partner to the home buyer are exempt from duty. Principal place of residence land tax exemption is applicable from 2018 tax year.
New Home Grant scheme.
The $5,000 grant for any purchaser of a new home ends 30 June 2017.
Payment of duty in off the plan purchases.
From 1 July 2017 the 12 month duty liability deferral is only available to purchasers who declare their intention to occupy the property as their principal place of residence. If the property is not occupied for 6 months commencing within 12 months of completion interest and penalty tax apply from the lability date.
Foreign Purchaser Surcharge Duty.
Foreign Purchaser Surcharge Duty has increased from 4% to 8% .
Commercial residential property is exempt – retrospective to 21 June 2016.
Permanent residents, including NZ citizens holding a special category visa, are exempt from the surcharge on their principal place of residence if they occupy the home for a continuous period of 200 days within 12 months of purchase.
Australian-based developers will pay surcharge purchaser duty when purchasing the land however may be entitled to a refund on the sale of a new home built by them, if they are an Australian corporation.
Foreign Person Land Tax Surcharge.
From the 2018 tax year the surcharge land tax rate will increase from 0.75% to 2% and commercial residential property will be exempt. Permanent residents, including NZ citizens holding a special category visa, are exempt from the surcharge on their principal place of residence if they occupy the home for a continuous period of 200 days within the land tax year.
Australian-based developers will pay surcharge land tax, however may be entitled to a refund on the sale of a new home built by them if they are an Australian corporation.